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Who knew there was a plant with a flower like an explosion of flame, which produces a beautiful but short-lived fruit with the appearance of a brilliant pink rosebud? This is the pitaya – Dragon Fruit – indigenous to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam. Obtained from several cactus species, its succulent stem provides the uniquely delicious fruit with moisture in the arid climates where it grows. Now, Kutch also being the suitable place for Dragon Fruit due to cactus feature of fruit climatic conditions region which has below average monsoon. Drip Irrigation has made is potential for the region and can become the crop of the KUTCH.
Some facts and figures about the “DRAGON FRUIT”
A pitaya or pitahaya is the fruit of several cactus species indigenous to the Americas. "Pitaya" usually refers to fruit of the genus Stenocereus, while "pitahaya" or "dragon fruit" refers to fruit of the genus Hylocereus. Dragon Fruit Scientific Names: Ceraus, Acanthocereus, Echinocereus, Hylocereus, Selenicereus, Stenocereus, Escontria, Myrthillocactus.
Typical Nutritional Values of “PITAYA” or “DRAGON FRUIT”
The typical nutritional values per 100gms of raw Pitaya (of which 55gms are edible) are as follows:
The aforentioned figures are subject to change as per cultivation conditions.