Dragon Fruit Info

What's special about it?

Dragon fruit is beautiful, delicious, and nutritious. Its juicy pulp is refreshing and ranges from subtly sweet to tart. It is rich in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. It is believed to prevent colon cancer and diabetes, neutralize toxic substances such as heavy metals, reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, prevent bleeding, and promote dental health. It is high in vitamin C, phosphorus, and calcium, and it helps develop strong bones, teeth, and skin.

Where is it grown?

Native to South and Central America, where it is called pitahaya, dragon fruit is cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. Currently, most dragon fruit are commercially grown in Vietnam, Thailand, and south China. However, production is rapidly increasing, with dragon fruit being grown in the Philippines, Micronesia, Israel, Australia, and also in Hawaii, which has an ideal climate for dragon fruit production.

The Growth Cycle of Dragon Fruit

Scroll through the slides to discover how a dragon fruit grows!

Step 01

The dragon fruit vine produces a bud: Flower bud initiation is tied into the moon cycle with the majority of flower bud initiation occurring around the new and full moons.

Step 02

The bud matures into a flower: The flower maturation takes 10 to 14 days from bud initiation to the flower blooming.

Step 03

The flower blooms for one night: The flowers begin opening in the late afternoon and are fully open by 10 pm. The flowers close early the next morning.

Step 04

The young fruit emerges and the flower dries up: Once the flower is pollinated, the base begins to swell and flower petals dry up.

Step 05

The fruit grows and matures until ripe: This process will take about 30 days. The fruit is ready to pick when the skin color is vibrant.

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