The Dragon's Fireball
Thousands of years ago, legend has a story of the dragon and the fire. In the Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of a strong and powerful animal. It 'puffs' out fireballs after fireballs.
The Emperor at that time, having tasted all the good things in the world, leaves the people wondering: Hmmm... The Emperor seems to have tasted and have everything in the world. What gift should we give him this time people?
At that time, there is a big red powerful dragon living near by. As the dragon is getting older and older, it gradually dies off. Right at that moment when dragon is about to die, it puffs out its greatest most powerful ball of fire of all. And at that exact moment, the people there have an idea and they courageously go and catch that ball of fire.
This last most powerful fireball of all is then represented as the dragon fruit, aka The Dragon's Great Ball of Fire. The people then give this gift to The Emperor with the hope that he will be strong, powerful, and live long just like the mighty dragon.
I heard the story told here in this video by the Dragon Fruit Master Edgar Valdivia (starting at 12:50 to 14:10) if you'd love an audio sound form of it. Love the way Edgar tells it.Dragon Fruit Garden Tour w/ Edgar Valdivia | a/k/a Pitahaya
Going Back to the Modern Age
In our modern age, many people are now growing dragon fruits in their backyards.
Not only because they taste better but because home-grown ones pack a ton of vitamins, fibers that are great for the digestive system, the skin and blood.
In California though, people also grow it because these dragons don't suck up a lot of water like the avocado trees.
On the easy-to-grow scale, dragon fruit is a one (easiest) for growing at home or in containers. You'll feel the difference when you taste home-grown ones from store-bought ones.
And this is the promise of the dragon fruit.
If you like it, you check out more dragon fruit growing, grafting and variety guides here on our blog
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