Dragon fruit is a very large, mostly red-skinned scaly fruit produced by a fast-growing trailing cactus. A relatively young industry in South Africa, local dragon fruit farms show huge potential to deliver substantial amounts of fruit to northern hemisphere markets.
The South African dragon fruit industry is mainly based on the red-skinned varieties with the pink-fleshed fruit being the most popular. Dragon fruit prefers a warm subtropical climate, and is successfully grown in areas where avocados and macadamia nuts are cultivated, and is harvested from around December-January to April-May.
By Marinda Louw
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