The Dragon Fruit Lady

Few years ago we were still in Thailand, we saw many fruits that we haven’t tried yet. We saw in the wet market, in the supermarket or even in malls. I was tempted to buy since I love to eat fruits and vegetables. However, I’m scared of the taste. After few months, hubby and I were doing some window shopping and while looking at the different kinds and colors of the fruits placed in the fruit stand we were tempted to take a look and bought one which we haven’t tried for the rest of our lives.

We’re scared of that fruit because of the name. It sounds dangerous and I’m scared of the name itself. Anyhow, we bought and tried at home. That was known as dragon fruit. For many years we saw it but we hadn’t tried to taste. We even didn’t know of the benefit it may give to our body. When I checked yahoo news I discovered the benefits. Wow! It’s something you need to consider and try.

There was a retired woman and a mother of 4 was a planter and a producer of dragon fruit in Ilocos Norte, Phil. She was a former manager of an insurance company and a graduate of Psychology at the University of the Philippines in Dalian, Quezon City. Now, at the age of 66 she is producing dragon fruits and was awarded by Malacanang last May 23. She received a presidential award as this year’s most outstanding high-value commercial crop farmer. The award came with P100,000 prize. This is something, right?

She only thought of the benefit it may give to her special child who had been suffering from a cerebral palsy. According to Dacuycuy, the lady producer of dragon fruit and I quote, “her first dragon fruit came from a friend who came from Macau who has heard of the fruit as good for those suffering from frequent constipation problem, common among cerebral palsy patients.” Then she planted the vine that she got in their backyard, that was 6 years ago. Even their neighbors were wondering of what they’re doing but they never told them that they were planting dragon fruit. Because according to them (the family) they were doing a trial and error method of planting.

The lady’s library was the internet during that time. She was checking the internet from time to time, every now and then on what to do about it. She even found out that the exotic dragon fruit is rich in fiber that helps in the elimination of wastes. It contains high levels of vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous, including other nutritional benefits such as high levels of antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, high blood pressure, rheumatism and urinary tract infection.

I firmly agree that Thailand has many plantations of this fruit because I saw it with my own eyes on how they sell the fruits anywhere in the country. We were wondering why many people young and old love the fruit. It is also being cultivated in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan as what the lady producer said. Now, I am starting to love the fruit and wanted to eat it, huh! Try to look at the picture of the lady producer below.

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  1. I just recently got a barded dragon and the lady said to feed it 3-4 crickets daily. I also got a book on how to take care of it and for feeding it said 7-10 crickets a day. Which should i do?

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