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    Here we go... Are you ready to meet a real dragon?

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    Dragon Fruit Sorbet

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    Ingredients
    2 dragon fruits any variety
    3/4 cup cold water
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    2 tbsp sugar

    Directions
    Cut the dragon fruit in half. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Reserve the halves for serving, if desired.

    Freeze the halves until you are ready to fill them. Place the pulp of the dragonfruit in your food processor along with the water, lemon juice and sugar. Pulse until smooth. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn until frozen. Spoon the sorbet into the frozen halves, or freeze the sorbet until ready to serve.

    Makes about 2 cups of sorbet.

    Source: http://www.mattslandscape.com/dragon_fruit_recipes/#sthash.T6esv73J.dpuf
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    Dragon Fruit Smoothie

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    Ingredients:
    • 1 large Dragon Fruit, peeled and cut up (keep slices aside for garnish)
    • 5 large Strawberries cut up (approx 1 cup)
    • 1 Banana cut up
    • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (or flavoured if you prefer)
    • 1 Table spoon honey (more if you prefer sweeter)
    • 1/2 cup of crushed ice
    Preparation:
    Mix all in a blender and garnish with a slice of Dragon Fruit.
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    Dragon Fruit Layer Cake

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    2 sticks butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing pans
    3 cups flour, plus more for dusting pans
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 cups sugar
    4 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cups milk
    1 dragon fruit, pureed

    For Frosting
    1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
    2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    4 tablespoons buttermilk
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    For Decorating and Filling
    1 dragon fruit, half sliced thin and half cut into cubes

    Directions
    For Cake (makes two 9 inch cakes)
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/ 175 C and butter a 9-by-2-inch round cake pan and dust with flour, tapping out excess, set aside.

    In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer.

    Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla.

    Add the flour mixture and the milk in batches, beginning and ending with the flour and beat until combined after each addition.

    Beat in the dragon fruit until combined.

    Fill prepared pan with half of the batter.

    Bake cakes for 35-40 minutes or until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    Let cool completely.

    For Icing

    In a mixing bowl cream the butter with an electric mixer.

    Sift the sugar and cocoa powder together and gradually add to the butter, beating well after each addition.

    Add the cream and vanilla and beat until well blended and fluffy.

    To Assemble Cake

    Cut the two 9 inch cakes in half horizontally and set each piece next to each other.

    Place first layer of cake on cake plate and add a thin layer of frosting to top.

    Add a few pieces of sliced dragon fruit.

    Place next layer of cake on top and add a thin layer of frosting and dragon fruit slices.

    Repeat with the following cake layers.

    Once the last layer of cake is placed, frost the cake with remaining frosting and top with cubed dragon fruit.

    Source: http://bethmichelle.com/dragon-fruit-layer-cake-with-chocolate-frosting/
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    Shrimp, Avocado and Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe

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    • 150 gm medium shrimps (prawns), cooked, peeled, and deveined
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp minced garlic
    • 1 ripe avocado
    • 120 gm lettuce (butter lettuce or red leaf lettuce)
    • 1/2 lime, juice
    • 1/2 dragon fruit
    • Combine olive oil, lime juice and minced garlic in a bowl. If the shrimps are too big, chop them into halves. Toss in shrimps and coat with oil mixture well.
    • Rinse lettuce and drain well. Arrange leaves of lettuce at the bottom of a large serving bowl or platter. Cut dragon fruit in half (see picture shown above). Use the tip of a sharp knife to cut cubes. Spoon out the cubes. The middle ones might be too long, cut into half then. Set aside.
    • Use similar method to cut avocado in half. I normally don’t use sharp knife to remove the stone of avocado. Instead, I just use a small spoon to run around the stone, and then safely and easily spoon out the avocado stone. Cut avocado into dices, spoon out.
    • Place half of the avocado cubes on lettuce. Add marinated shrimps, then followed by the other half of avocado. Toss in dragon fruit.
    Source: http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2009/05/shrimp-avocado-and-dragon-fruit-salad.html#ixzz2sAR5ly39
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    Facts about Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

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    Dragon Fruit
    The Pitaya is more commonly referred to as the dragon fruit. It is an extremely beautiful fruit that has dazzling flowers and an intense shape and color. The dragon fruit is usually a dark red color, although some types of this fruit are pink or yellow. The skin of the dragon fruit is a thin rind. The skin is usually covered in scales, and the center of the fruit is made up of a red or white, sweet tasting pulp.

    Dragon Fruit Cholesterol
    Keeping a heart healthy low cholesterol diet? Don't worry about your cholesterol Dragon fruit cholesterol is not an issue. Dragon fruit is both low in cholesterol and has little to no unhealthy cholesterol producing fats (certain fats which are metabolized to cholesterol contribute to increased cholesterol levels more than even cholesterol itself in food sources of cholesterol).

    Dragon Fruit Vitamin C
    The amount of vitamin C in dragon fruit is high, and because the dragon fruit is a natural fruit providing you with a rich balance of nutrients coming along with the vitamin C, you absorb the Vitamin C in dragon fruit efficiently when you eat dragon fruit as part of your fruit healthy diet.

    Dragon Fruit Antioxidants
    Eat dragon fruit as a good natural source of anti-oxidants which help to prevent the dangers of free radicals which can cause cancer and other undesirable health detriments.The number, quantity, and variety of antioxidants in real foods like dragon fruit is completely unmatched by any food supplement or pills - even those claiming to have 'antioxidant' health benefits. Nothing compares to the rich array of nutrients and antioxidants in a real natural food like the dragon fruit. Forget about junk foods and processed foods, as they are poison not foods! Even though a supplement claiming to offer a high amount of antioxidant benefits may sound good, the fact is that foods like dragon fruit have literally thousands of varieties of antioxidant substances and the supplement likely will contain only one (e.g. vitamin E supplements). Taking a single megadose of a single antioxidant compound may in fact cause harm or be toxic! Stick with dragon fruit antioxidant sources and other fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid trying to take a shortcut through a pill.

    Dragon Fruit Fats
    Dragon fruit does have a small amount of fats because there are so many seeds in the edible part of the fruit. There can be literally thousands of the small black seeds in any given dragon fruit, and like most seeds and nuts they have both fats and protein in them while the flesh of the fruit itself has virtually none. Many fruits we eat have the seeds removed, like apricots, peaches, apples and the like, so we tend to think of fruits as being completely fat and protein free. It would be literally impossible to remove the seeds from dragon fruit unless you pressed it through a strainer, as the seeds are very small and mixed evenly in the flesh. Fortunately these are mostly the healthy mono-unsaturated fats as, of course, they are not processed in any way and therefore are none of the dangerously unhealthy trans-fats seen in most junk food and processed foods.

    Dragon Fruit Fiber
    Dietary fiber is an important nutrition factor for everyone from young to old, and the best way to get dietary fiber is to eat fruits and vegetables including fruits like the dragon fruit. As you might expect, like many fruits, dragon fruit has lots of dietary fiber with almost 1g of fiber per 100g of the fresh dragon fruit. Of course, the amount of dietary fiber in dragon fruit which is dried on a gram for gram basis is much higher than the amount of dietary fiber in dragon fruit as the fresh fruit. Depending upon the degree of moisture retention in the dried dragon fruit fruit, expect to see 10g or more grams of dietary dragon fruit fiber per 100g of the dried pitahaya fruit. The amount of dietary dragon fruit fiber in the fresh dragon fruit will be more on the order of 1g of fiber per 100g of the fresh dragon fruit because the fresh fruit has so much water in it. If you want to increase how much fiber is in dragon fruit, you can eat more of the dragon fruit skin if it is in good condition (free of any spoilage or molds). Many sources of dried dragon fruit fiber may include some or all of the dragon fruit skin already, so depending upon this fact, you may find that the dried dragon fruit has even more fiber than the fresh fruit even after taking into account the drying process and the resulting concentration of fiber on a gram for gram basis. The health benefits of dragon fruit fiber are just one other example of the reason that eating natural sources of nutrients is superior to getting them from pills and supplements Dragon fruit nutritional benefits also include the levels of dragon fruit antioxidants - the antioxidants in dragon fruit are numerous and varied.

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    Possible grown also in the pots:

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    Dragon fruits indoors will germinate extremely slowly (might take month or two) and also after that... they are not hurry with growing. After one year my dragon fruits are about 3 cm tall.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitaya
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    I've seen these. Dragon fruits are perhaps the most beautiful fruits that exist - however I tasted some, and it didn't taste of anything. Even a kiwi has more flavour.
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