Dragon Fruit Health Benefits Are Only Surpassed By Their Beauty

When trying to eat healthy, monotony is the enemy. Instead of that same old apple, reach for a stranger, prettier, nutrient-richer fruit: Dragon fruit.

Here's what you need to know about the fruit that should be at the top of your shopping list this weekend.

First of all, dragon fruit is beautiful. You kind of don’t want to eat it just because it looks so good on your kitchen counter.

Dragon fruit is often called pitaya. It grows from cacti.
dragonfruit cactus

And has beautiful flowers...
dragonfruit flower

Dragon fruit comes in three colors -- here’s yellow:
yellow dragonfruit

No need to make a mess. It's so easy to eat, just slice in half and scoop it with a spoon. The texture is sort of like a kiwi.

Or bite it right off the peel.

Sometimes known as pitaya, the tropical fruit is giving acai a run for its money. Companies like Pitaya Plus sell juices, smoothie packs, and even pitaya bowls.
pitaya bowl

At Maui Dragon Fruit Farm on Maui, you can pick your own, and tour around via zipline or a aquaball.
maui aquaball

Most important, it is really good for you: thought to be high in Vitamin C and phosphorous, low in sugar and full of antioxidants. And surprise, it's just as gorgeous inside.
dragon fruit inside

Dragon fruit is grown in the US in states like Hawaii, California and Florida. Look for dragon fruit at a nearby farmer’s market or Asian market.

When it comes to pineapple, look for a golden color and sweet scent.

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