Dragon Fruit


FUN FACTS

BN:Hylocereus undatus  AKA 火龙果 Huǒlóng guǒ, strawberry pear, pitaya, buah naga, nanettika fruit, Kaktus madu, Cereus triangularis, Belle of the Night, Jesus in the Cradle.  Eating too much red-colored dragon fruit can turn urine reddish (like beets).  You can grow dragon fruit cactus from the seeds in the fruit.

CONSTITUENTS/ NUTRITION

Lycopene, VitaminB and C, iron, calcium, phosphorus and antioxidants.  Seeds have omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid, fiber, phytoalbumins.

USES/ BENEFITS

Diabetes and normalizing blood sugar.  White dragon fruit juice  significantly improved hyperglycemia and insulin resistance in mice that were on a high fat diet.  Mild laxative. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.  Heals sunburns, solved acne, wrinkles, and darkspot when applied topically.

CAUTION

Dragon fruit's oxalic acid content may cause problems for people with kidney disease, kidney failure, or kidney stones. ² People who suffer rheumatoid arthritis or vulva pain should not eat this fruit.²  If you don't know whether you are sensitive to oxalic acid, talk to your doctor.

If you have diabetes, be careful to only eat half at a time.  I made the mistake of eating a whole one and my blood sugar shot up to over 250.  I think it's because it's soft and quick to digest.

TYPES

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus), Genus: Hylocereus Species: Hylocereus undatus

How to eat it: Cut fruit in half and scoop out the sweet meat inside like you would a kiwi or yogurt.

                   

PRODUCTS

Google "Hylocereous undatus" or "dragon fruit" with any of the following categories to find the variety of products.  Below are links to a few samples.  You can buy fresh dragon fruit at Hong Kong Supermarket in Austin for about $6 each.  Much more expensive online.

GROWING

USDA Zones— 9 to 11.  Dragon fruit is shade tolerant and resistant to drought.   Dragon fruit can be damaged by frost and does not like temperatures over 100°F.  They prefer loamy, sandy or stony moderately saline soils with good drainage.¹

Propagation Method — Seeds, vegetative propagation.  Dragon fruit is a climbing cactus and needs support to climb on.  It's flowers at night and relies on bats and moths to pollinate.  Because of the need to hand pollinate, many commercial entities have created self pollinating varieties.

Farming dragon fruit in Florida

Growing in a home garden (pruning and trellis).

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

My first time trying this fruit was a few months ago when my mother brought it for Thanksgiving.  She said it's a very useful fruit, but couldn't really articulate all its benefits.  I'll be adding this to my diabetes food list.

REFERENCES

  1. cabi.org 2/8/2018
  2. renegadehealth.com 2/8/2018

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)

This information is for education purposes only.  Seek the advice of your physician before taking any home remedies, herbs, or supplements.

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Name: 火龙果 Huǒlóng guǒ Hylocereus undatus

Temp Taste Ent. Meridians Dosage
Cool
Sweet

 

 

 

 

 

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Issues Treatments
Coughs

 

Cleans the liver and clears the eyes
Diabetes

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sleep in the sink climb the curtains attack, give me fish.

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