Mercado Monday: Pitaya (Dragon Fruit)
Although this colorful fruit is readily available in most grocery stores in Canada, before moving to Nicaragua we didn’t know what it was, nor had we tasted it. But now that we know how to eat it, it’s become a favorite!
To learn all you need to know about dragon fruit – otherwise known in Nicaragua as – pitaya continue reading below
Buying Guide: Look for bright, even-colored skin. Hold the dragon fruit in your palm and try pressing the skin with your fingers – it should give a little (like a ripe kiwi), but shouldn’t be too soft or mushy.
How to Eat It: Cut the dragon fruit in half. You can cut it into quarters like an apple and peel the skin off. Alternately you can spoon it out like you would a melon. It also tastes great in juices and smoothies.
Flavor: Dragon fruit has mild sweet flavor with tiny crunchy seeds similar to a kiwi.
Harvesting Season: Pitaya is only available in rainy season (June to November). The fruit grows on a type of cactus that climbs along rocky terrain, walls and often trees.
Nutrition: Pitaya is very low in calories and the seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids. It is high in calcium, vitamin A, C and antioxidants.
Interesting Fact: Pitaya makes your pee and poo electric pink.