Living in Rio with all the exotic fruits I feel like the proverbial kid in a candy store! (but much healthier of course!)  When it comes to looks it’s hard to beat the stunning beauty of the dragon fruit, also known locally at Pitaya. This pretty but unusual looking fruit grows in Central and South America and also Vietnam.

High in antioxidants, vitamin C and B vitamins. They are also a good source of fibre and the tiny seeds are a good source of healthy lipids so if chewed provide the body with monounsaturated fats which are good for heart health and omega-6 essential fatty acids.

Depending on where you live in the world they may be quite expensive, and I do normally recommend to choose locally grown produce. But their unusual appearance is irresistible for a special occasion such as a dinner party. They make them a fun addition to salads, smoothies or frozen as a sorbet.

Refreshing Summer Salad

1 dragon fruit, chilled

1 cup chopped fresh fruit

1 cup torn mixed lettuce leaves

1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon raw honey

Cut the dragon fruit in half and scoop out the white center fruit. Cut the white fruit in chunks. Mix dragon fruit with other fresh fruit and/or lettuce leaves and mint. Drizzle honey over fruit, gently toss together. Done!

As the skin is so beautiful a nice tip is to use the fruit peel as the bowl.