Fruit Seeds

 

Let us pause a while at the wonderfully colourful and exotic alien looking Dragon fruit which is easily identified by its striking pink skin and green spines. Although quite exotic, their taste can be described as a slightly sweet cross between a kiwi and a pear.

Dragon fruit is a wonderful addition to fruit smoothies.  This super food is packed with Vitamins C and B and are low in calories and high in fibre, antioxidants, phytonutrients and minerals.  As you are well aware, antioxidants protects from free radicals which are the major cause of chronic disease and premature ageing.  The flesh itself is a wonderful source of fibre.  It is the seeds itself that have the superpower.  The natural bacteria in our gut are able to break down the fibrous shell of the dragon fruit seeds which unlocks their fantastic probiotic benefits.

It is really quite easy to learn how to grow dragon fruit.   This interesting climbing cactus plant (often referred to as the Honolulu Queen) is actually quite adaptive to its environment.  It can be grown in almost any soil, however sandy soils with good irrigation are generally preferred.  Always remember that the soil ph should preferably be between 5.5 and 6.5.   Being a climbing cactus, it would require really good support to climb on as it matures.  Sturdy long term support is the best choice as the aerial roots forming on the ends of the branches are continuously seeking out support.


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