Dragon Fruit Popsicle Recipe
Hello fresh friends,
Today we dress in pink for one of my favs, Dragon Fruit Popsicles! They are a healthy, fast and delicious summer treat. These brilliant pink popsicles are full of anti-oxidants, vitamin C and good fat for fueling brain cells! The only problem is that only 1 won’t be enough so stock your fridge and prepare the swimsuits, because summer is here to stay… at least for a couple of months.
What is dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit is a unique and delicious fruit that tastes like a cross between a kiwi and a pear. It is grown in Southeast Asia, Israel, Mexico, Central and South America. It grows on the Hylocereus cactus, whose flowers known as “moon flowers” only open at night. The flowers are pollinated by bats or moths during this short time. This is where the unique dragon fruit grows from. It is also known as pitaya, pitahaya and the strawberry pear.
Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit:
Rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins, as well as carotene and protein.
They are easy to digest due to the fact that they have zero complex carbs
They are considered a tropical “superfood” due to its wide health benefits.
The dragon fruit’s seeds also contribute to its nutritional benefit. They contain protein as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can help prevent cardiovascular diseases. The seeds also have a mild laxative effect.
Dragon fruit is usually eaten fresh but Nicaraguans are fond of drinking a beverage made from crushed dragon fruit, water and lime juice. Another way to enjoy dragon fruit is to combine it with other fruits to make a refreshing fruit salad or to mix it in a smoothie.
Eating too much red-colored dragon fruit can give rise to a harmless condition called pseudohematuria, which can turn urine reddish.
”It’s like a pretty little pink universe.” – Yulia Arellano, The fresh team.
How to Make Dragon Fruit Popsicles:
1 500 ml full-fat coconut milk
2 Dragon fruits
3 Tablespoons honey or your favorite sweetener.
1 teaspoon gelatin
Popsicle molds (As many as you need)
1. Cut the pitahaya in small pieces.
2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
3. If you want the texture to be heavier you can slowly add more pieces of dragonfruit and blend again.
4. Pour dragon fruit mixture into popsicle mold, add popsicle sticks.
5. Freeze for 2 hours or overnight.
6. To release the Dragon Fruit popsicles from the mold, run some warm water under the popsicle. You can do just one at a time and save the rest for later.
These Dragon Fruit popsicles have a coconutty fruity flavor. I like to add just a hint of honey, but feel free to add more if you have more of a sweet tooth. Super easy to make! Delicious! Gluten free and dairy free.
What more could we ask for?
— Stay Fresh with POP fresh —
By Yulia Arellano