Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dragon Fruit/Moon Flower

Hi over the last few days our dragon fruit have been flowering and what a beautiful sight they are.

The flowers are white, 30cm long and are open for only one night. The bud begins to puff out during the day and it is evident that it will open that evening. The photos below were taken below around 9pm using torch light. By that time they had reached their full beauty a sight to behold.

They have a translucency about them and almost seem to glow in the moon light. After one night of glory they start to close with the sun’s rays upon them, but not before the bee’s have had the most incredible feast. On cloudy days they stay open till about 10am. The fruit is then set and will grow rapidly. Some photo's of the beautiful rich red fruit in about 30 days to follow.

On doing some further research on the "Pitaya's" I find they are in fact regarded as a super food rich in antioxidants with, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, polyunsaturated fatty acids, protein, carotene, calcium, iron, phosphorous, " high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as ridding the body of toxic heavy metals and improved eyesight. Lycopene, responsible for the red color in dragon fruit, has been shown to be linked with a lower prostate cancer risk."

Fights Diabetes

The high amount of fiber in dragon fruit can ultimately help regulate diabetes, as it can stabilize blood sugar levels by suppressing sugar spikes. However, with any dietary changes or modifications, always consult your doctor to make sure this is a good food for you.

Reduces Signs of Aging

Eating a dragon fruit with its rich antioxidants can keep the skin tight and young. You can even make a face mask using the fruit combined with honey as a natural alternative to anti-aging masks."

Sources: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/dragon-fruit.html
http://www.aussiedragonfruit.com/Fruit.htm
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-surprising-benefits-dragon-fruit-you-never-knew.html

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