How Dragon Fruit Grows, Facts for Kids
What am I?
I am an exotic fruit that is known for my bright colors and unique appearance. My skin is covered in scales, and I have a sweet, refreshing taste that many people love. Can you guess what I am?
Where I grow
I'm native to Central and South America. As I've become a more popular fruit, I am grown in more warm, tropical regions around the world like, California, Hawaii, Florida, South-East Asia, the Caribbean, Australia and more!
I don't grow on a tree, I grow on a cactus that can grow up to 20 feet tall!
After I'm picked
After I'm picked, I am usually allowed to ripen at room temperature for a few days. When I am ripe, my skin will turn from a bright green to a bright pink or yellow, depending on the variety.
Then, I can be cut open and eaten, or used in a variety of dishes, like smoothie bowls, salads, and desserts.
Did you guess... Dragon fruit
Dragon fruit is a delicious and refreshing fruit. Next time you see a scaly, bright pink or yellow fruit at the grocery store or at a restaurant, give it a try!
Dragon Fruit Facts
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a type of cactus that grows in warm, tropical climates. The plant has beautiful, bright pink or red skin and white or pink flesh with black seeds. Dragon fruit is a popular and tasty fruit that is good for you because it is high in vitamins and minerals.
Dragon fruit cacti have long, vine-like stems that can grow up to 20 feet in length. The stems have small, spiky thorns and large, waxy leaves. The cactus plants produce beautiful, white flowers that have a sweet, floral scent. The flowers bloom at night and are pollinated by bats or insects.
After the flowers bloom, they produce a small, green fruit that gradually grows and ripens into a large, pink or red fruit. It can take several months for the fruit to fully ripen, and when it is ready to be harvested, it falls off the plant and onto the ground.
Dragon fruit is a delicious and healthy snack that is easy to grow in warm, sunny climates. If you want to try growing your own dragon fruit, you will need to start with a small plant or cutting. Plant the cutting in well-draining soil and water it regularly. Make sure the plant gets plenty of sunlight and keep it in a warm, sheltered spot. With a little bit of care and attention, you can enjoy fresh, juicy dragon fruit from your own backyard!
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