Dragon Fruit – A Big Opportunity for Small Business Enthusiasts and Farmers

Pitaya or commonly known as dragon fruit has been thriving lately in the market. It is the fruit of several cactus species – sweet pitayas. Though it is priced high, still people buy it that is not only interesting but are also nutritious, claimed to have medicinal value.

It features a mouth watering light sweet taste, an intense shape and color with its outstanding flowers. In addition to being tasty and refreshing, this beautiful fruit boasts of a lot of water and other vital minerals with varied nutritional ingredients.

The first time I was able to taste a dragon fruit or pitaya was few years ago. It was bought by my father which is the variety with white flesh. It is the most common variety of dragon fruit here in the Philippines. When I visited Singapore last summer, they have dragon fruits as well. They say that the variety with dark pink skin and white flesh is the Vietnamese Dragon fruit, while, the one with dark pink and red flesh is Malaysian Dragon Fruit.

The Vietnamese Dragon Fruits are bigger in size with mild sweetness, while Malaysian Dragon Fruits are smaller than Vietnamese Dragon Fruits but much sweeter.

According to Zac B. Sarian of Manila Bulletin:

 There is also a third variety but it is rarely seen in the Philippines. This is the variety with yellow skin and white flesh. We have only tasted this variety once and it is very sweet. However, there are no planting materials available locally. It would be worth planting in the garden or in the farm.  

Well, what’s good about this? This cactus species that produce pitayas are easy to plant and don’t need much attention. Since, it is a cactus species it will survive on low lands or hot places that don’t need much water. Some even just plant it on their home garden or small farms.

In the market, dragon fruit sells at high price. I saw some selling at P80 per piece, some P125 per piece and again, according to Zac B. Sarian of Manila Bulletin:

 We saw some selling at P180 per kilo. Which means that commercial growers could make a good margin if they can sell what they produce

 This is good news anyone could start growing their dragon fruit and sell it in the market. You invest a little but could earn high, and you get to eat your own productions for free. Grab it while its hot as they say, many love it but only few have it so why not grow your own and start merchandising dragon fruits in the market, you might be one of the big supplier in your place or in the whole country as well.

 

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