PITAYA LATTE – THE NEW SUPER BEVERAGE
After Chai Latte and Matcha Latte a new trend was found: Pitaya Latte – but what is behind this bright pink trend drink that is loved by so many Instagram foodies?
Originally Latte macchiato comes from Italy, meanwhile the hot drink, which literally means “stained milk”, is popular all over the world. No wonder, then, that more and more latte fans come up with new, sometimes unusual variations – such as Pitaya Latte! Instead of the usual espresso-milk-mix comes dragon fruit (another name for the Pitaya) into the drink, thus it shines in an exotic pink.
WHERE DOES PITAYA LATTE COME AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
Like so many health trends, Pitaya Latte comes from London. But on Instagram, the pink latte is like wildfire: More and more superfood lovers share their Pitaya creation and thus make you feel like you have to try it too.
Incidentally, it is not only delicious and looks beautiful, but it is also healthy. Unlike other latte variants, Pitaya latte does not require additional sugar. Instead, natural, herbal ingredients are used, including the dragon fruit, which cares for the bright color, but also cocoa butter and hazelnut milk – so Pitaya Latte is suitable for vegans.
WHAT MAKES PITAYA LATTE SO HEALTHY?
The Pitaya is known in Germany as dragon fruit. This cool name is due to its prickly, dandruffed shell. It is the fruit of some cactus plants that originated in Central America. Today, the dragon fruit also grows in South America and parts of Southeast Asia.
The fruit is up to 15 centimeters long and consists to 90 percent of water and not only contains a lot of moisture, but also has only a few calories. In addition, the pitaya is rich in iron, calcium and phosphorus and vitamins B, C and E. Also important antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids provides the pink fruit.
MAKE YOUR OWN PITAYA LATE
Are you excited about the pink super drink and would you like to enjoy it yourself? Then get hazelnut milk (or another plant drink of your choice) and some cocoa butter. The most important ingredient – the Pitaya – you can either use freshly mashed or you get Pitaya powder from the organic store. From the powder you stir ½ teaspoon first with a little water, before you give it to a cup of the heated vegetable milk. Freshly mashed dragon fruit, on the other hand, can be stirred directly. For creamy sweetness, add ½ teaspoon melted cocoa butter. Et voilà: Done is the Pitaya latte.