She just looks so exotic, her bright pink flesh calling me from across the fruitologists isle I had to take her home. Her delicacy as I gently slice her open to reveal her soft white spotty flesh. She’s as lush as you can imagine any creation to be.
Originally known as pitaya, due to its scaly appearance, dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit with an intense shape and color and dazzling flowers. Since she blooms at night, she is also known as the Queen of the Night, Lady of the Night and Moonflower.
What I didn’t realise was that the ‘Lady of the night’ is not only gorgeous to look at, a joy to eat and a delicacy to the palette, but she has high nutritional value and is good for your health as well. She is a good source of antioxidants, prevents free radicals and protects from cancer causing elements and other health detriments from entering your body.
So next time you hear her calling you name from the fuitologist shelf, take ker home as when consumed regularly the ‘Lady of the NIGHT’:
- Enhances the immune system
- Helps neutralize toxic substances such as heavy metals
- Can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol
- Aids in fighting against cough and asthma.
- Has high amounts of vitamin C
- Helps heal bruises and cuts quickly
- Contains Vitamin B2 which acts like a multivitamin and helps to improve and recover the loss of appetite.
- Contains Vitamin B1 which increases energy production and also metabolizes carbohydrates
- Improves the appearance of your skin by smoothing and moisturizing it
- Improves eyesight and decreases hypertension
- Is a good source of phosphorus and calcium, it reinforces bones, helps in tissue formation and forms healthy teeth.
- Decreases weight, thereby creates a well-balanced body.
- Is helpful in reducing blood sugar levels in people suffering from type 2 diabetes
She is best served chilled and can be used in juices, fruit salads and jams though to me she is delectable all on her own!
Michelle Richmond is a renowned Innovator, Visionary and Facilitator in Life Transformation. Her previous role as the C.E.O. of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation has seen Michelle working and studying with leading edge Doctors and Physicians from around the globe as she mentored 1000’s of people in sustainable wellness. An experience that embedded the importance of interconnecting the spirit, heart, mind and body both personally and professionally to maximize health and success in all areas of life.