Dragon fruit now available in Taiwan during winter
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Dragon fruit lovers in Taiwan now have the opportunity to enjoy the summer fruit in winter, thanks to improvements in growing techniques, an agricultural research station said Saturday.
March 3, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The improvements are the results of efforts by the government-run agricultural research station in Taichung, which has been growing the fruit using artificial lighting at night to make out-of-season harvests possible.
Dragon fruit grown in winter in this way are large and have a high sugar content, the station said.
Lower winter temperatures result in a longer growth period, which, coupled with bigger day and night temperature fluctuations, enable the fruit to better accumulate nutrients, according to the research station.
Around 40 percent of the fiber-rich fruit with anti-oxidant benefits grown in Taiwan is produced in Central Taiwan, the station said.