This raw food bowl gets its bright pink color from the dragon fruit, also known as pitaya.
It's pink, spiky, and has tiny little black seeds inside.
It looks like this:
The first time I saw these in a Hawaiian grocery store, I had no idea what they were!
Come to find, they not only have them here in Hawaii, but also in most health food stores nationwide, in the frozen section.
You might find them in a purple package, labeled 'Raw, Organic, Pitaya Smoothie Packs by Pitaya Plus'. No additives, or anything else like that. Just pure, organic dragon fruit pulp and seeds.
Otherwise, you can buy them directly from Pitaya Plus online.
We are so lucky to have so many options, in this day and age!
You can also get a dehydrated version by Navitas Naturals on Amazon or in your nearest health food store on the pantry aisle.
It makes an excellent snack, and goes well with homemade yogurt, kefir, smoothies, salads, trail mix and granola.
Pitaya is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, B vitamins, protein, phosphorous, calcium and fiber.
And according to this government study, Mayas traditionally used the leaves and flowers of the dragon fruit as a hypoglycemic, medicinal and healing agent.
"The rich antioxidants are known to prevent diabetes and cancer, neutralize toxic substances such as heavy metals and reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure."
Plus, it's delicious, refreshing, and entrancingly beautiful too!
You are what you eat 😉