You. Yes, you. I've seen you pick up that weird red fruit with the spiky scales. I've seen you turn it over wondering 'what the heck is this? And how do I eat it?'
That, my friend, is a dragon fruit. And it comes with every dragon quality you can think of: long life, scales, fire and strength – but with a twist.
Long life. Dragon fruit won't promise you long life but it packs an anti-aging wallop that will maintain your youthful and fresh complexion. How? It contains molecules called polysaccharides, which slow your cells from proliferating. This means fewer lines and wrinkles, plus a nice firmness to your cheeks.
Organic beauty companies have discovered the cosmetic benefits of dragon fruit so look for anti-aging creams with added dragon fruit extract.
Scales. Indulge in pitaya (dragon fruit's actual name) and wave goodbye to scaly skin. This spiky and odd-looking cactus fruit thrives in harsh, desert-like conditions. The dry environment has encouraged the fruit to conserve water. Chow down on pitaya and your elbows and knees will hang on to moisture and remain soft and smooth.
Fire. As we age, fiery toxins build up in our body. Dragon fruit can help neutralize these heavy metals. It also contains B vitamins which keep the fires of high blood pressure and cholesterol under control and infuses vim and vigor into daily life.
Strength. Don't expect muscular Hulk-like strength from Dragon fruit. Rather, its subtle strength helps wounds to heal quickly and builds up collage: the stuff you need to keep your lips plump and juicy. Think more Angelina Jolie pout, less old crone smoker's lips.
Before you run off to buy some dragon fruit, follow these guidelines:
How to eat a dragon fruit:
Next time you see someone pick up a dragon fruit and look puzzled, you'll know what to tell her.