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4 Dragon Fruit Recipes: Mousse, Ceviche and more

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4 Dragon Fruit Recipes: Mousse, Ceviche and more

The pitaya (dragon fruit) is characteristic of Mexico and is the fruit of several species of cactus. They are brightly coloured and are prized for their taste, plus several recently discovered beneficial properties.

Mainly it has been observed that dragon fruit helps against gastric problems and helps to prevent us from getting diseases like diabetes as it regulates blood glucose, as well as being a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C, which slow the ageing process and foster a defense against respiratory diseases. If you want to include in your diet, here are four simple ways to do it:

Dragon Fruit and shrimp salad

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 Lettuce
  • 2-3 Dragon Fruits
  • 1/2 an Avocado
  • 250 gr. Shrimp
  • 1 Tomato

For the vinaigrette:

  • 3 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp. Brown Sugar

Procedure

For the vinaigrette:

  1. Process or blend the garlic, sugar and balsamic vinegar.
  2. Add the oil and continue blending or whisking to form an emulsion.

For the salad:

1. Peel and clean the shrimp, sauté in a little oil and add a little vinaigrette and set aside.
2. Chop the dragon fruit, avocado and diced tomato.
3. Chop the lettuce.
4. Mix everything in a bowl, add the shrimp and dress with the vinaigrette.

Fish Ceviche and Dragon Fruit

Ingredients

  • 3 Dragon Fruits
  • 1 kg. Fish (saw or snapper)
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 1 cup of Lemon juice
  • 1 bunch of parsley (cilantro)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 serrano chile

Preparation

1. Chop the tomato, cucumber, pepper, onion and cilantro finely.
2. Chop the dragon fruit into medium slices.
3. Cut the fish and mix with the other ingredients.
4. Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.
5. Serve with toast or crackers.

Refreshing dragon fruit drink

Ingredients

  • 1 litre of water
  • 5-6 Dragon fruits
  • 3 Oranges
  • 250 ml. Mineral water
  • Sugar (enough)

Preparation

1. Mix the sugar with the water.
2. Add the orange juice.
3. Blend the dragon fruit and add it to the preparation.
4. Add mineral water and serve chilled.

Creamy Dragon Fruit Mousse

Ingredients

  • 8 gr. Gelatin
  • 40 ml. Water
  • 250 gr. Whipping cream or cream
  • 4 Dragon Fruits
  • 200 gr. Sugar
  • 1 egg white

Preparation

1. Blend Dragon Fruits and set aside.
2. Soak the gelatin in the water.
3. Heat the dragon fruit puree with sugar.
4. Add the gelatin to the warm puree and dissolve completely.
5. Whip the cream until stiff peaks appear and set aside.
6. Whip the egg white until stiff peaks appear and cover with the puree.
7. Add cream, place in a mold and refrigerate.

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3 Reviews about 4 Dragon Fruit Recipes: Mousse, Ceviche and more

avatar3rating
on 24/03/2016
I have never been fortunate enough to try a dragon fruit - Please correct me if I am wrong, but I think they are perhaps only available in Mexico and other Latin American countries where the growing conditions are ideal. In Europe, it will be exceedingly difficult to get a hold of a Dragon Fruit so perhaps suggesting an alternative would be a good idea? Thanks for the article.
avatar4rating
on 15/01/2015
You guys always chose the most interesting fruits and recipes that I've ever seen! I've literally never seen this fruit in teh supermarkets, and I doubt that I'll even see it even after reading this, because we live in Alaska and it's really hard to get exotic fruits shipped up here before they rot. It was interesting to read about though!
avatar4rating
on 26/08/2013
When I traveled to south America the people called it pitahaya or something like that instead of pitaya, that's an interesting fact, and well an interesting fruit too, full of properties and exotic taste, I have tried and is delicious but not so usual here

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