It is said that when the Spaniards arrived in Latin America they saw this wild fruit and called it “pitaya” which means scaly fruit. Later on because of the shape, the similarity it has to scales and it’s color they would call it the dragon fruit.
Currently this fruit is becoming very popular and is grown in more and more parts of the world. Pitahaya varieties are different, in the tropical zones of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and the Central American zone the yellow variety is cultivated.
The dragon fruit is from the family of cacti or succulents. Its pulp is white and can become reddish when ripe. It contains small black seeds and is soft and creamy with a delicate and smooth aroma. It is commonly used as a decorative fruit because of its beauty.
This fruit has a good content of vitamins and nutrients, but like other fruits it also has medicinal benefits when you consume it. It can help as a good digestive and relief from constipation. The habitual consumption of this fruit helps with the retention of liquids in our organism.
It is also a good complement to support diets and treatments against obesity. Eating fruit helps our body with vitamins and nutrients. It is our time to try something different knowing that it is healthy.
The Peruvian government is investing in projects to grow this product. The need to grow dragon fruit is being seen and farmers can also offer this product to meet the needs of the market.
It is working. More and more people are getting to know this fruit and they are enjoying its flavor and the benefits that the Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit has.