Dragon Fruit will be renamed as Kamalam. As the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani told that the outer cover of the fruit is like a lotus, so the name of this fruit has been changed by the state government to change it to Kamalam. He said that we have changed the name of Dragon Fruit related to China. In Sanskrit, Kamalam means lotus. For this reason, it has been called Kamalam.
As per reports, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, “The State government has decided rename dragon fruit. As the outer shape of the fruit resembles a lotus, hence dragon fruit shall be renamed as Kamalam,” said Rupani.
He said that the word Kamalam in Sanskrit means ‘lotus’ and since the fruit is shaped like a lotus it was decided to call the fruit Kamalam. “We have applied for the patent of the dragon fruit to be called as Kamalam,” he told reporters.
Dragon fruit (or pitaya) comes from a cactus of the type Hylocereus. It’s a fast-growing crop, and the plants can produce for more than 20 years once established. Dragon fruit is a rich source of antioxidants and ranks low in calories and including it regularly in your daily diet is said to lower cholesterol, maintain blood pressure, and heart health.
During the launch event of the Chief Minister Horticulture Development Mission, Rupani said that as the name dragon fruit was associated with China they decided to change it. Rupani clarified and there’s nothing political about the decision.
In his monthly radio program Mann Ki Baat in July 2019, PM Modi had mentioned dragon fruit farming in the arid Kutch region of Gujarat. A large number of farmers in Bhuj, Gandhidham, and Mandvi areas are cultivating dragon fruit, which is high in vitamins and minerals.
State government has decided rename Dragon Fruit. As the outer shape of the fruit resembles a lotus, hence Dragon Fruit shall be renamed as ‘Kamalam’: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani (19.1) pic.twitter.com/tkWfCuUTN4
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Gujarat’s forest department had earlier applied to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to rename the dragon fruit, which is also known as pitahaya or strawberry pear in different parts of the world.
In one dragon fruit you’ll get:
- Calories: 102
- Fat: 0 grams
- Protein: 2 grams
- Carbohydrates: 22 grams
- Fiber: 5 grams
- Sugars: 13 grams
According to Healthline, Dragon fruit contains several types of potent antioxidants, including :
Vitamin C: Observational studies have found correlations between vitamin C intake and cancer risk. For example, a study in 120,852 people associated higher intakes of vitamin C with lower rates of head and neck cancer.
Betalains: Test-tube studies indicate betalains can combat oxidative stress and may have the ability to suppress cancer cells.
Carotenoids: Beta-carotene and lycopene are the plant pigments that give dragon fruit its vibrant color. Diets rich in carotenoids have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.
Dragon fruit is extremely low in terms of cholesterol and regular consumption of the fruit can help you in maintaining a healthy heart in the long run. For those of you who are on a weight loss regime, it may be a good idea to include it in your diet.
According to a study done by the researchers at the University of Leeds, increasing consumption of fiber-rich foods can lower the risk of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD).
So how do you eat it Dragon Fruit?
Take the dragon fruit and cut it in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and have it as a mid-meal treat. The outer skin is inedible though, so avoid it.
Make a smoothie! Once you have peeled the fruit, you can use the flesh to make breakfast smoothies and refreshing juices at home. Because it has a subtly sweet flavor that can be teamed with a whole range of ingredients, especially kiwi, pineapple, banana, strawberries, and oranges.