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Belize Photo of the Day: Dragon Fruit aka Pitaya

19 August 2011 No Comment

dragon fruit pitaya in belize

Today’s picture of the day is the Dragon fruit and its scientific name is Hylocereus costaricencis. It is locally known as Pitaya in Belize and other Central American countries. When ripe this fruit has red skin with a red sweet fleshy pulp with beady black seeds. It is cultivated in tropical regions around the world.  The plant can grow from around a few inches or centimetres to up to twenty feet (around six meters).  It flourishes in hot regions with a heavy rainfall.  Periods of cold will kill the plant, and it loves the high temperatures found in tropical countries. Chaa Creek’s Maya Organic farm harvests this fruit for its restaurant and local consumption.

Submitted by Naturalist Guide: Hilberto Tut


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