Fruit – Vegetable – Tropical Fruits
Pitahayas come from the tropical and semitropical areas of South America; they prosper in high coastal regions as they have lower atmospheric pressure.
Like the prickly pear, it is classed as a fruit of a cactus species. The plant has three-square-edged, up to 5 m long branches that form big, white-yellow, extremely attractive blossoms with quite strange looking fruits at the end. The Dragon fruit gets its name from its the leathery, greenish scale-like skin.
In the Columbian plantations, the cacti stand in long rows as espalier trees, low enough to harvest. They are also are also cultivated in Nicaragua.
They are imported from December to March and July to August from Columbia and Nicaragua.
They may be consumed raw or used in sweet salads.
When ripe they may be stored for about 12 days at room temperature. For post-maturation, they should be put in a chilled area on top of a soft base.
Pitahayas are effective in supporting the digestive system and when consumed in large quantities, they can be used as a laxative!