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Dr. Jo's super foods series: Dragon fruit

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Wrapped in its pink and green-tipped petals, the dragon fruit looks like it belongs in a floral arrangement, instead of on your plate.

"It's really, really gorgeous and it's so good for you," offered Chef B.T. Nguyen, owner of Restaurant BT

Nguyen serves the exotic edible at home in her smoothies and to her customers in a delectable dessert.

"It's great to show them something that they've never experienced before."

Shonski Davis of Sanwa Farmer's Market, says dragon fruit is as powerful as it is pretty. "It packs a lot of punch in this one fruit."

The red, yellow, or white and black speckled flesh contains calcium for bones, iron for blood, and vitamins B and C. It's a superfood high in anti-oxidants thought to help prevent cancer and boost the immune system.

It also has fiber, to help your G.I. track, heart-healthy omega-three fats, and Davis says there's another benefit: "It doesn't have a lot of calories in it."

The fruit's flower grows on a cactus plant and only blooms at night. But its popularity is now moving the dragon fruit into the light.

Davis says they try to keep some dragon fruit on their produce shelves. "A lot of people who know about the dragon fruit come shopping with us and buy it."

You'll also notice the fancy fruit infused into mainstream products, like tea and even vodka, but many people prefer it raw.

"How do you eat it? You just cut it in half, open it, and eat the inside part out."

A very simple recipe to help supercharge your health.

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