It just got super hot here in LA. The kind of hot where all you want to eat or drink are icy cold things . I got introduced to the concept of a “pitaya bowl” when we were in Santa Barbara a few weekends ago and visited Backyard Bowls. They are more known for their Acai Bowls, but I decided to try the Pitaya Bowl. First of all, it’s bright pink! Neon magenta even! (The above pic doesn’t do it justice). I love eating colorful food, courtesy of nature. When something is colorful, it’s a great sign that it’s full of nutrients.
Second, pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, has amazing health benefits: the Central America variety of pitaya with the bright pink flesh has tons of antioxidants and fiber, is low sugar, and omega-3 fats. It’s also high in nutrients like vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and vitamin A.
I’ve been making my own pitaya bowls for a quick breakfast or lunch. I use frozen pitaya packs – I’ve found these in the Whole Foods freezer section near the sorbet and juice concentrate. They are conveniently packaged for single serving use. I add one pitaya pack, 1/2 a frozen banana and about 1/2 cup of pure coconut water or nondairy milk. You can add more liquid if you want it to be thinner. I like it to be sorbet-like. Blend and top with fresh fruit or granola or both. My topping of choice has been raw sprouted buckwheat granola. (Kimberly Snyder has a great recipe for this or you can buy it. I like the Go Raw brand)
You can also get fresh dragonfruit or pitaya at smaller markets or places like Whole Foods – some have white flesh and some have pink flesh – depending on where they are grown.
Happy exotic fruit eating 🙂