Dragonfruit and Mangos

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This photo was taken at a fruit stand in Hawaii on the island of Oahu up near the north shore.  I love the vibrant colors of the dragonfruit and mangos.  I have always been drawn to fresh fruit markets.  They have unusual and local produce that is not common where I live.  Utah is basically a desert state but has the contrast of the very cold winters.  These two extremes of our weather severely limits our growing season which is basically from June 1 to September 30.  In Utah, we also have very poor soil which is basically a clay environment that needs lots of added nutrients in order to allow the seeds to begin to grow.  I love to travel to climates that have beautiful vegetation due to an extended growing season and rain.

dragonfruit as found on Wikipedia:

“…….These fruits are commonly known in English as “dragon fruit”, reflecting its vernacular Asian names. These include the Indonesia buah naga (lit. dragon fruit), the Khmer sror kaa neak (dragon scale), the Thai kaeo mangkon (Thai: แก้วมังกร) (dragon crystal), the Lao maak manggohn (Lao: ຫມາກມັງກອນ), the Vietnamese thanh long (green dragon), and the Chinese huǒ lóng guǒ (fire dragon fruit) or lóng zhū guǒ (dragon pearl fruit). Other vernacular names are “strawberry pear” or “nanettika fruit”.

The name ‘pitahaya’ or ‘pitaya’ is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, derived from the Spanish rendition of the Haitian.[1]………”

mango as found on Wikipedia

“……The mango is a juicy stone fruit (drupe) belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees, cultivated mostly for edible fruit. The majority of these species are found in nature as wild mangoes. They all belong to the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The mango is native to South Asia,[1][2] from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. The center of diversity of the Mangifera genus is in India.[1]

While other Mangifera species (e.g. horse mango, Mangifera foetida) are also grown on a more localized basis, Mangifera indica—the “common mango” or “Indian mango”—is the only mango tree commonly cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions.

It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.[3]…….”

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