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Thursday, September 18, 2008



Dragon Fruit Flower

My Uncle helping me to harvest dragon fruit

My Plantation

Cousin helping to pack bags of dragon fruit


Dragon Fruit Flower

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

About Dragon Fruit !!!


The above photograph was taken at my plantation.

The nature of the dragon fruit plant and the tolerance to a variety of growing conditions, growing dragon fruit can vary from a fun hobby to a fully commercial enterprise.

The dragon fruit plant also known as Pitaya fruit cactus, or pitahaya/.Kaw-Mang-Kong fruit cactus is a night flowering vine-like cactus which produces large and beautiful blooms accompanied by big and colorful fruit with a flesh dotted throughout with hundreds of small black seeds and varying in color from white to pale pink to red and purple color. Dragon fruit is known equally as pitaya fruit or sometimes pitahaya fruit and is often called 'Strawberry Pear' as well.

There are many health benefits of dragon fruits. Among the health benefits of dragon fruit, is the diabetic diet, the fresh pitahaya fruit or dried pitahaya fruit can help with diabetes dragon fruit diabetes blood glucose control.

This website demostrate all the good and nothing of the bad of eating dragon fruit


The videos show u an example how to eat dragon fruit fresh

Where To Buy

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Visit To Farm

My farm is now open to public for viewing for a nominal fee, people who are keen can join my subsidiary group handling 1-Day tour Visit to Farm cum seafood.

Visitor will be given a chance to tour around and get to taste the sweetest ever dragon fruit on earth!!!

You can also walk home with bags of dragon fruit as a fee. Come join the farm visit and experience the difference.

Health Benefit

The health benefits of Dragon Fruit (health benefits of pitaya fruit or health benefits of pitahaya fruit) are many, and all you need to do to reap the benefit of dragon fruit nutrients is to eat the fruit!

By eating the highly nutritional pitaya fruit, you gain all of the general health benefits of the pitaya nutrients simply because pitaya fruit is a great all around healthy fruit to eat with lots of beneficial nutrients which are readily metabolized from the natural pitahaya fruit (For example, dragon fruit vitamin C is more easily absorbed than vitamin C from a pill supplement).

Lots of vitamin C is in dragon fruit. Remember the amount of vitamin C in dragon fruit dried will be about 10x the amount of vitamin C in dragon fruit which is fresh (on gram for gram basis). One special health benefit of dragon fruit which has been verified is the special dragon fruit health benefit that dragon fruit helps control glucose level and blood sugar levels in type 2 diabeties (and type 1 diabetes by some reports). This is one of the health benefits of pitaya fruit in addition to the pitaya fruit nutrient profile being full of dietary fiber and Vitamin C.

The pitaya nutritional benefits even include a high level of pitaya fruit antioxidant levels. All these great dragon fruit nutrients make fresh dragon fruit or dried dragon fruit both great additions to a healthy diet - and you get the nutrition benefits of dragon fruit from the dried or fresh fruit just as well.

Harvesting DragonFruit

Sometimes growing dragon fruit all the way to harvest can require quite a lot of artistry and luck. It is not too hard to get starting growing pitahaya cactus plants, but learning to grow pitahaya cactus all the way to fruit can be a challenge. It is not necessarily hard to start to grow pitaya cactus seeds, but growing pitaya cactus plants to fully mature and produce harvestable fruit is not so straightforward.

Origins of Dragon Fruit / Pitaya Fruit and Climate: Dragon Fruit is native to South and Central America, and as you would guess from that history, too cold conditions or cold winters will kill the pitaya cactus plant long before the pitahaya cactus plant successfully fruits at all. In fact, although it has characteristics of a cactus, the pitaya plant will not tolerate conditions that are oppressively hot either (don't think of Joshua trees in Death Valley). Think of the pitahaya cactus plant more as a tropical find than a hot desert cactus. In spite of the pitahaya cactus plant not being native, the climates of Vietnam and Thailand suit the needs of those wishing to grow pitaya cactus plants well, and it is commercially grown successfully in both Thailand and Vietnam as a result. In the United States, mild climates like Southern California are amendable to growing pitaya cactus plants. Growing pitahaya cactus in greenhouses is also possible.

Obtaining your first Pitaya Seed(s): If you can buy pitahaya seed already prepared and ready to be planted, go ahead and use those as your dragon fruit seed(s). If you do not have ready access to pitahaya seeds prepared and ready for cultivation, just go ahead and harvest the dragon fruit seeds from either the fresh pitaya fruit (save some next time you are eating) or take your pitaya seeds from your dried pitaya fruit. To get the pitahaya seeds from the fresh fruit, just gently mush the flesh with a little bit of water to wash away and remove the flesh from the dragon fruit seeds. Treat the dried fruit similarly, but you will need to be more delicate and careful. You may need a little more patience and perseverance if you harvest and prepare your own pitaya seeds from the fresh or dried pitaya fruit, but just keep at it and most likely you'll find enough viable seeds to get seedlings from them.

Getting the first Pitaya Plant Seedlings: Plant the pitaya seeds in (very shallow placement) a well draining potting soil or potting compost material and either keep the planted seed material moist, or better yet cover with a plastic bag or use a small greenhouse type of setup to keep the seeds moist. Make sure you clean off any residual flesh from the pitahaya seeds before you start them, as the left over flesh clinging to them can easily rot and spoil your planting. You should within 10-14 days or so begin to see the first seeds sprout and produce seedlings. Transfer them to a rich but well draining soil mix and keep temperatures moderate, and the pitaya plants should begin to take hold. Do not over water the growing pitahaya cactus plants! Give them a support on which to grow as they begin to mature and increase in size.

Growing Pitaya Cactus Plants from Cuttings: If you don't want to wait and enjoy the reward of seeing a seed burst forth into a seedling, and you have access already to a growing pitaya plant, you can try to grow pitaya cactus directly as a new plant from a cutting or section of the mature plant. Like other succulents and cacti, if you break or cut off a large enough piece of a mature plant it will attempt to put down roots and start growing itself to form a new plant. Try cutting a section of the mature pitaya vine (stem) and plant it directly in the ground or suitable soil medium. You may have trouble with the cutting rotting before it successfully starts growing, but with a little luck you will be growing pitaya cactus plants quickly without having to start from seeds. You should expect, if your pitaya cactus cutting section was large enough, blooms in 6 - 12 months - a significant savings in time from starting from seed.

Growing Pitaya Cactus Plants to Maturity / Fruiting: As for many fruiting plants, the very young pitaya plants will not liberally flower or fruit at all until they have begun to reach some degree of maturity. The vines of the pitaya plant will have to reach a moderate size and weight (many lbs) before the pitaya plant will start to flower and bear fruit. At a minimum you should not expect fruiting and flowering for many months - unless your pitahaya cutting was huge enough to really be a mature plant already when you planted it!

Seeing the Mature Pitaya Plant to Fruiting: Because the pitaya plant blooms only at night and the blooms are fleeting, it can be hard to achieve successful pollination required for the pitaya plant to bear fruit. Many of the insects that pollinate other flowering plants are not active at night. Night active pollinators like bats and moths are more likely to pollinate the pitahaya plants than bees and other day active pollinators. Depending upon where you are in the world this can present a problem. One might say this is where the art comes into the process. Have patience, however, as the plants will usually bloom several times each year depending upon your climate and growing conditions. You may have to resort to hand pollinating the plants yourself.