5 Delicious Treats You Can Easily Make From Dragon Fruit

As discussed earlier, the Dragon Fruit or Pitaya is a very popular succulent plant. It may not be as decorative as the other succulents featured here but its fruit can be made into delicious treats.

If you are successful in propagating the Dragon Fruit or if you happened to pick some of it from the market, here are some amazing food ideas that use it as a key ingredient:

1. Dragon Fruit Ice Cream

Having trouble making your kids eat fruits? This nutritious dessert can be easily whipped out by putting the edible parts of two Dragon Fruits in a blender together with ¾ cup of almond milk, one can of unsweetened coconut milk, ½ cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Once the mixture turns into a smooth puree, place it in an ice cream maker until it hardens, or simply place it into a container until it is firm.

2. Dragon Fruit Popsicle

Blend the same set of ingredients found in the Dragon Fruit ice cream but with the addition of gelatin to emulsify the coconut milk and the fruit. Pour the resulting puree into popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks in it. Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours until it hardens.

3. Dragon Fruit Parfait

This one is a pretty straightforward drink. Start by combining milk, chia seeds, and honey. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator. When it’s firm, use it as topping on a mashed Dragon Fruit. Feel free to add berries and crushed cereals into the parfait for an extra variety of flavors.

4. Dragon Fruit Wafers

These wafers are high in protein, dairy-free and gluten-free, which is ideal for vegans or people with lactose intolerance. Again, just mix the edible parts of the fruit with organic white beans in a blender. You may add lemon or lime juice to the blend to give it a sweet and sour tang. Put the mix into silicone molds and freeze it. It will give you a healthy snack that will keep you going throughout the day.

5. Dragon Fruit Dip

If you are looking for more ways to level up the dip for your chips, the Dragon Fruit dip is something that you should consider. This is perfect for parties or as a nice movie snack. Just peel the fruit and cut its contents into small, bite-sized cubes. Pour an ample amount of lemon juice, chives, and diced jalapeño into the fruit. Toss the ingredients together in a bowl until they are evenly mixed. We recommend letting them sit for at least an hour after mixing to let the flavors blend gradually. That’s it, open a bag of chips and start enjoying the dip.

Nutritional Benefits

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya has a high concentration of Vitamins B and C, which help boost the immune system. An immunity boost provides added protection against various diseases like the dreaded Covid-19. The succulent plant also has antioxidants that help cleanse the blood.

Top 6 Healthy and Edible Succulent Plants For You

Can you imagine sinking your teeth into succulents like CAL Farms Beautiful 36 of 2″ Assorted Succulents? Well, not these kinds exactly, but the kind of edible succulent plants that you can ingest and are actually beneficial for you.

Yes, they do exist. It’s the last thing you’ll think about when you see your succulents on your windowsill, of course. Succulents are rarely known for their health benefits. They are, after all, just gorgeous adornments in living rooms, office spaces, kitchen countertops, and the like.

And yet, many restaurants have already started using succulents in their salads and even in their main entrees. That sounded a bit weird writing down, but many have already tried eating succulents and they were not disappointed. Here are the six  edible succulent plants that can be a part of your meal:

1. Saguaro

This is more than just something you see in the desert. Saguaro, which have night-blooming white flowers that are the state flower of Arizona, produces a greenish-pink fruit that has bright red pulp and small black seeds that are said to be sweet to the taste. The black seeds give it a nutty flavor. The Tohono O’odham Tribe of Arizona and Mexico has been using Saguaro to make jams, syrups, and ceremonial wines. You can use Saguaro for salsa or biscuits.

2. Opuntia

If you have eaten Nopales in a Mexican restaurant, then you have consumed Opuntia. It has a mild and neutral flavor that is similar to green beans. It also has a chewy texture. The fruit is called “tuna” in Mexico but stateside, it is known for its prickly pear shape. Opuntia can be used in salads, soups, salsas, and tacos.

3. Stonecrops

There are 600 species of plants that will fall under Stonecrops. Also known as Sedums, these are flowering succulents with leaves that have a mild peppery flavor. You can use it for salads and stir-fry. Be careful about consuming a lot of these because they can cause stomach upset.

4. Sea Beans

Salicornia or sea beans grow in salt marshes and sandy beaches, which accounts for its sea salt flavor. Sea beans are slowly becoming favorites of gourmet chefs and they are becoming ubiquitous in grocery stores around the country. You can eat the sea beans raw.

5. Dragon Fruit

Not many people know that dragon fruit came from a cactus. This candy-colored fruit came from a cactus known as the Queen of the Night. The flavor of dragon fruit is very mild, similar to a slightly sweet melon or kiwi. To eat it, you simply have to slice it open and scoop up the white pulp or you can add it to smoothies and shakes.

6. Aloe

Aloe is probably one of the most popular succulent plants out there. We already know that it can treat burns, rashes, minor cuts, and scrapes, but do you know that it can also benefit us when we consume Aloe? You can peel away the tough and bitter outer leaf to get the translucent inner part. You can mix that into drinks, shakes, and salads.

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