The tree of pitaya grows naturally in regions with tropical climate and belongs to the family of Cactacee. The fruit is also called dragon fruit because of its shape that reminds of a fireball: the peel indeed goes from pink to yellow with strange pecuncles, while the interior is usually white, although some varieties can be red, with small black seeds. The pulp is rich in vitamins, such as vitamin A, B, in particular B1, which transforms the sugar into energy, and B3, beneficial for the circulation, C and E, contained in its seeds, mineral salts, such as iron, phosphorus and potassium, and fibers, very important for bowel health. Not only vitamins and mineral salts, the pitaya also provides antioxidants, important against free radicals, proteins and a lot of energy. For this reason the fruit is ideal in case of stress or to feed your muscles, suitable for those who practice sports. The pitaya is also a detoxifying fruit, it limits the absorption of cholesterol and, according to recent studies, it seems to be able to control the level of blood sugar in case of hyperglycemia or diabetes type 2. If you live in an area where you can find easily pitaya you can enjoy the fresh fruit by cutting it in half and eating the flesh with a spoon, or, alternatively, you can find the dried version of the fruit.