Pitaya, also called Dragon Fruit is now in season and available around Cozumel.  A member of the cactus family, they are native to Mexico, Central and South America, however, they are also cultivated in several Asian countires where they are considered an exotic luxury.

Pitaya is considered to be a “superfood” since it is loaded with nutritional and medicinal properties.   The flavor of the fruit is often likened to a Kiwi because of the abundant small black seeds.  The flowers of the pitaya generally bloom overnight and wilt in the morning.  Here’s a link to some more information about this abundantly available superfruit.

 

This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

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