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Navitas Naturals’ new organic Dragon Fruit Slices unleash the sweet flavor of the tropical superfruit in a chewy, dried-fruit made leather style. The exotic-looking dragon fruit has a well-rounded nutrition profile that includes omega 3’s, antioxidants, protein, iron, fiber, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Navitas, a Gold sponsor of Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, launched this product at the event in March.

Dragon Fruit Slices are definitely original. These nutritious, organic snacks provide a superfood option with a sweet flavor and a chewy texture that’s ideal as a delicious snack right out of the bag. The taste of this superfruit is similar to pears, mangos, and kiwifruits. Like any dried fruit, purple Dragon Fruit Slices can be enjoyed as an ingredient in many healthy recipes including salads, trail mixes, oatmeal, cereals, desserts, and baked goods.

Made from the sweeter red variety of dragon fruit (also known as pitaya), a cactus that grows in tropical regions of the world, Navitas Naturals Dragon Fruit Slices are 100% fruit. Offered in a 3-ounce bag for $8.99, this product is raw, certified organic, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, and vegan. Navitas Naturals products are available at hundreds of stores around the country including Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans, and HEB, as well as online and Amazon.

To create this unique superfruit snack, small-scale farmers in the lush tropical regions of Thailand select the finest red dragon fruit that is sustainably harvested from night-blooming cactus plants. The fruit is created only if the cactus flowers are pollinated at night by bats, moths, and nocturnal creatures. Each dragon fruit is speckled with tiny black seeds in its soft center, and the fibrous sweet pulp is carefully removed in slices that are sun-dried at low temperatures to protect the nutrients.

Called kaeo mangkon (dragon crystal) by indigenous people in Thailand, dragon fruit is famous for its bright colors and odd eye-catching shape – but it’s also well known for its powerful nutrition profile. A strong source of vitamins, including C and B, dragon fruit contains an abundance of key minerals including iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Dragon Fruit Slices provide 2g of protein per serving, which is a lot for a fruit, and it’s also a rich source of essential fatty acids including omega-3. The fruit offers many antioxidants including complex phytoalbumins and lycopene. It’s a bonus that the product is low in calories, and is comprised of complex carbohydrates that can easily be broken down by the body.