Life in China: A Picture A Day, March 12, 2016

I think the most exotic looking fruit we have here is the dragon fruit, also known as pitaya. It can have either white or bright pink flesh. The white is most common here but sometimes we can get the pink, which I like better. My opinion is that the taste is kind of a disappointment according to what you expect by its looks! Not that its bad, just very mild. I don’t like to eat it plain but mix it with other fruit. The seeds give it a nice little crunchy texture. The Chinese name is “huǒ lóng guǒ”, which actually translates to fire dragon fruit. These are originally from Central America but obviously grow well here with as common as they are.  This one cost about 85 cents USD. They grow on cactuses! The picture of it growing is actually from a couple years ago at a farm in Shenzhen. The flowers supposedly bloom only one day, from evening to midnight, during which time they are pollinated by bats or moths, then die! It is often considered a “superfruit” for its many health benefits.