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.
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.