I am interested in healthy eating and drinking but I am not sure I would like Pitaya which apparantly tastes like a combination of strawberries (yum) and wheatgrass (not so yum). But it is a superfruit and these babies are supposed to b e extra healthy for you.
The pitaya (also called Dragon Fruit because of its appearance - not its taste) is "a softball-sized fruit that grows from cacti on the side of an active
volcano in southwest Nicaragua." Its adherents say it has phytoalbumin
which can "prevent the formation of cancer-causing free radicals." According to Business Week, this fruit cannot enter the US unless it is pulped and frozen because of fruit flies. (A source of protein I might add....)
The super-premium juice business that says it is "focused on healthy, exotic nectars," is now a multibillon-dollar industry, populated by" Coca-Cola's Odwalla, PepsiCo's Naked, and the 750-plus outlet smoothie bar Jamba Juice. And in 2011, Starbucks paid $30 million for Evolution Fresh, a cold-pressed juice company
At the heart of this industry is a heated race for new and ever more health-promoting ingredients," ranging from celery and kale to "superfruits" like mangosteens, pitaya, acai and, of course, pomegranate. However, Jeffrey Blumberg of the US Department of Agriculture says "superfruit" has "no scientific or regulatory definition," adding that just about any kind of fruit is "super" in some way.
But why have to have it pulped? Why not grow it yourself? Amazon offers this Pitaya/Strawberry Pear - 3" Pot plant and 20 WHITE DRAGON FRUIT (Pitaya / Pitahaya / Strawberry Pear) Hylocereus Undatus Cactus Seeds .
But as for me, I think I will stick to strawberries and blueberries.