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Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is native to Mexico and Central America. The dragon fruit plant belongs to the cactus family and requires very little water. A well-drained soil is a must for this plant. Plenty of sunlight and air circulation is needed. Only organic manures are used. Pesticide use is also not needed. Given proper care, fruiting starts within a year. Starting in May, the fruiting season continues until October.

Growing Dragon Fruit

The dragon fruit plant requires a pillar-like structure of about 6 feet to climb and support itself. A strong trellis could also be used. The fruit is produced at the tips of the branches. Occasional deep watering is ideal, but ensure the soil is dry before watering again. 

Dragon fruit plant prefers a slightly acidic soil having a soil pH between 5.3 to 6.7.

Dragon fruit: description and taste

The fruit is oblong shaped with a size of about 12 cm. It has a sweet taste and a slightly grainy texture. It is high in fibre and antioxidants and is also a good source of vitamin C and B vitamins. It is usually eaten fresh but can also be used to make jams and jellies. Dragon fruit is visually very attractive.

Alternate names - Dragon Fruit Pink, Pitahaya, Strawberry Pear

Botanical family - Cactaceae

Scientific name - Selenicereus undatus (Previous name: Hylocereus undatus)

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