At the Dragon Fruit Farm in Vietnam   Leave a comment


At the Dragon Fruit Farm in Vietnam
We had finished our photo-shooting at the coastal Vietnamese area and was on our way back to the hotel. Our bus was getting warmer and warmer by the minute. As it was Labour Day ie May 1, 2015 – a public holiday, it was hoped our bus could be repaired as the fan-belt had busted. We finally grinded to a stop in the middle of a farming village. We took our camera bags and walked to the nearest refreshment centre while our bus driver took the bus to the nearest mechanic for replacement of the fan-belt. We ordered our coconuts for our refreshing drinks and had dragon fruits too. After seeing me, the blogger, taking so many photos with my camera, the kind lady boss asked us to go to back of the shop. Wondering why, we ventured onwards and saw that there were lady workers washing the fruits and packing dragon fruits into card-board carton boxes for export. We had a good time later in the dragon fruit farm and plantation, photo-shooting the extra session. A misfortune that actually turned out to be a great opportunity of photo-shooting. What great luck and many thanks to the kind “dragon” lady boss!

SP Lim

From Wikipedia:-
A pitaya /pɨˈtaɪ.ə/ or pitahaya /ˌpɪtəˈhaɪ.ə/ is the fruit of several cactus species.
“Pitaya” usually refers to fruit of the genus Stenocereus, while “pitahaya” or “dragon fruit” always refers to fruit of the genus Hylocereus.

Vernacular names of Hylocereus
These fruits are commonly known in English as “dragon fruit”, reflecting its vernacular Asian names. These include the Indonesia buah naga (lit. dragon fruit), the Khmer sror kaa neak (dragon scale), the Thai kaeo mangkon (Thai: แก้วมังกร) (dragon crystal), the Lao maak manggohn (Lao: ຫມາກມັງກອນ), the Vietnamese thanh long (green dragon), and the Chinese huǒ lóng guǒ (fire dragon fruit) or lóng zhū guǒ (dragon pearl fruit). Other vernacular names are “strawberry pear” or “nanettika fruit”.

The name ‘pitahaya’ or ‘pitaya’ is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, derived from the Spanish rendition of the Haitian.


Geography

Dress for a folk dance called Flor de Pitahaya (Pitahaya Flower) from Baja California displayed at the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City.
Pitahaya-producing cacti of the genus Hylocereus are originally native to Mexico. They were transplanted to Central America and to other parts of the world.

They are cultivated in East Asian, South Asian and Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, and more recently Bangladesh. They are also found in Okinawa, Hawaii, Israel, northern Australia, southern China and in Cyprus.

The fruit was probably introduced by Europeans who brought it from the New World.[5] In the case of Taiwan, the fruit was brought in by the Dutch.

Hylocereus blooms only at night; the large white fragrant flowers of the typical cactus flower shape are among those called “moonflower” or “Queen of the Night.” Sweet pitahayas have a creamy pulp and a delicate aroma. It is also grown as an ornamental plant, used in gardens as a flowering vine and a house plant indoors.

Inserted by SP Lim from Wikipedia

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