FOTD :The Flower for only one day- Pitaya or (Dragon fruit)

Close up of a Dragon Fruit

Have you ever tasted a Dragon fruit ? In Asia, they called it Pitaya.First time that I ever tasted Dragon fruit was when I was still living in Kuwait.I never knew that It has a preety flower as well.I kinda loved it´s taste but here in Germany, it´s really expensive and it doesn´t taste as good as the ones I´ve had before.Good thing is, in the Philippines, dragon fruit farm is booming!

And since we´re talking not only about the fruit itself, let me share something unique about it´s flower, the one thing that is unique about Hylocereus Flower ;

Dragon fruit flower only blooms at night and wilts during the day. That´s why it was named “Night blooming Cereus ” or “Belle of the Night” , “Queen of the Night” and “Moonflower”. The flower itself is unique—so is the fruit. Meaning Dragon fruit cactus is a night blooming plant and the flowers last only one evening.If you are thinking of having a Dragon plant yourself, remember that most dragon fruit plants won’t bloom for at least a couple of years.

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit, also known as Pitaya or Pitahaya. I was always been curious of it´s appearance. It´s skin has so many layers but they are soft compared to our other exotic native tropical fruits like Jackfruit and Durian.This fruit is most commonly grown in Central America, South America and Asia. In Philippines, it thrives so well, probably because of its tropical climate. It grows on cacti, and could reach up to 6 meters high! The peel is pink or yellow with green leaves. Inside is white or purple pulp with edible black seeds. The flesh of the dragon fruit is white with tiny black edible seeds, with a texture much like that of a kiwi—soft, juicy, and a bit grainy, with a sweet-citrusy taste.

Tropically unique right?

But have you ever wondered why it´s called Dragon Fruit?

According to legend, mythical creatures that breathe fire have created this fruit. During the battle of the dragon, the last thing that came out from his brething fire mouth was the dragon fruit. When the dragon was killed, the fruit was gathered and presented to the Emperor as a symbol of victory.

Dragon fruit Farm in Tagaytay City, Philippines
Pretty lovely flowers “Belle of the Night”

Dragon Fruit is also called thang loy in Thailand, pitahayah in Israel, and Paniniokapunahou in Hawaii:

This post is inspired by Cee´s Flower of the Day Challenge (FOTD).Thank you once again Cee for this inspiration.

Always lovely to hear your feedback. Until then, Tschüss!

10 thoughts on “FOTD :The Flower for only one day- Pitaya or (Dragon fruit)

  1. I’ve eaten dragon fruit but never knew what the flower looked like, so this is all very interesting 🙂 And I hadn’t heard that legend – I always thought the name was related to the scales being like those on a dragon!

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  2. Belle of the Night is beautiful indeed. I think I have tasted dragon fruit at a topical fruit and spice park. There were lots of samples left out for visitors to taste.

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