Drrrrrrrrrragon Fruit!

It’s dragon fruit time again! On our farm and apiary in Captain Cook, these amazing-looking fruits start to ripen around now.

They are a cactus fruit, and though they are cultivated in Asian countries like the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, they are native to Mexico. They grow well in Hawaii, too. There are two particularly interesting facts about dragon fruit: 1. They are epyphitic, which means they grow non-parasitically on another plant, or along something like a telephone pole; and 2. The flower the fruit comes from opens only once, and always at night, earning it the name “moonflower” because it is all white.

Our bees go absolutely nuts for the beautiful moonflower. (Lucky for her because she needs their pollination services!)

Many mornings as the sun rises we’ll watch the moonflower start closing, and the bees, rolling in the pollen and nectar deep inside the flower, barely escape as the petals tighten forever.

Bees in the Moonflower- Video

Dragon fruit are tasty, but quite mild after all their showy exterior. They’re nice to eat  chilled and sliced when it’s hot out.

About Rebeca Krones

Rebeca Krones, Owner, Tropical Traders Specialty Foods My love of food began while growing up in Costa Rica and the rainforest of Peru, where I was exposed to many varieties of exotic fruits, vegetables and cuisine. My dad, Michael Krones, was a beekeeper back then and still is. When I was 16 my family and I spent two years living and sailing on a boat, and I was the designated cook as we traveled from San Francisco, CA, down the coast of Mexico and eventually to the Hawaiian Islands. This experience taught me a lot about sourcing local foods and ingredients. After earning a degree in Art History from Oberlin College in Ohio, I worked at several fine arts museums and galleries before returning to my love of food while working at Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, CA. I founded Tropical Traders with the intention of introducing the incredible honeys my dad produces to other people. My unique life experiences have made this possible. Aloha!
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One Response to Drrrrrrrrrragon Fruit!

  1. Malcolm Hoye says:

    This is a really great blog. Thx to the auther

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