Common Names: Pitaya, Pitahaya,Dragon Fruit
Botanical Name: Hylocereus
Other Names: Night Blooming Cereus, Strawberry Pear, Belle of the Night
Processing varies slightly with different fruits, but all fruits are thoroughly washed prior to peeling or slicing. Once the preparation of the fruits is finished, they are placed on racks and put into the freeze dry machine. Water is then removed from the fruits through a process called sublimation. This process gives freeze dried fruits the ability to re-absorb water later on. Pitaya is considered to be a superfood due to its high nutritional value.
Pitaya is high in fiber, calcium, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, C, and antioxidants. It helps control blood sugar, and is an excellent source of essential fibers. Pitaya is also said to reduce acid levels in blood cells and aid the digestive system.