Dragon Fruit

* Scientific name: HYLOCEREUS UNDATUS

* Variety: white flesh, red flesh

* Description: dragon fruit is an exotic tropical treat for those that are lucky enough to taste them. Dragon fruit cultivation comes from cactus plants grown in humid and tropical conditions such as Vietnam where they are called "Thanh long-Green dragon". This makes dragon fruit easier to find and very popular in Asian food markets. There are some varieties of dragon fruit available; red dragon fruit are the most common, but pink and yellow dragon fruits are known for an extra sweet and unique flavor. With the color of flesh there are two varieties of white and red. With bright pink on the outside and "scales" covering it, the dragon fruit really does resembles a dragon. It has a pale interior studded with tiny, edible seeds and a sweet-tart flavor.

* Nutritional value: dragon fruit is rich in carbohydrates, protein, calcium, iron and phosphorus. It also provides large amounts of niacin (vitamin B3) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The fruit is rich in water and fiber, and contains significant quantities of phytaolbumin antioxidants, which prevent formation of cancer-causing free radicals. In countries where rice is a staple, diabetics use the fruit as a food substitute for a source of dietary fiber. It is also known to control blood glucose levels. Dragon fruit and recipe are abundant because they are delicious and versatile.

* Fruiting season: all year round

* Origin: Binh Thuan, Long An Province

* Packing (Net weight): 4 kgs/ctn, 5 kgs/ctn, 9 kgs/ctn, 9.5 kgs/ctn or as customer's request.

* Size

- Big size from 460 grs up

- Small size from 300 grs to 450 grs

The price of big size is higher than that of small size.

* How to select: examine the surface of the dragon fruit. Discard any with bruises, discoloration or visible mold on them. The pink color should be even throughout the exterior of the fruit. Smell the fruit for a light, tropical odor, if any. If the fruit has a moldy odor to it, avoid it, since there could be unseen mold on the fruit. Pick up a dragon fruit and give the side a gentle press with your thumb. It should yield slightly, without being mushy.

* How to store fresh fruit: the temperature from 2 to 5°C, it can be kept in 2-4 weeks

* How to eat: wash the exterior of the fruit before cutting or serving. Carefully cut the dragon fruit in half. Take your knife and then carefully peel away the outer skin of the dragon fruit. A quick way to do this is to place the flat half on the cutting board and cut away the outer skin. If you have an ice cream scoop handy, you may be able to scoop the dragon fruit out of the skin. Once you have the fruit out, you can slice the fruit and place it in a blender with a bit of pineapple or orange juice or by itself with some ice cubes to make a sweet and refreshing fruit drink, or cut into chunks to add to smoothies, fruit salads. You can also puree the dragon fruit and make a dragon fruit sorbet. Both the white flesh and the tiny black seeds are edible, but the rind/skin is not.