Natures bounty…

The Dragon Fruit spreads its succulent branches in all directions. Prickly and pushy it cannot be called beautiful as, snaking in all different directions,  it shoves through and round anything in its way.untitled-8-8_3888x5184Nature takes many forms, all unique and with one ambition, to reproduce its species. Can you spot the tiny flower buds starting to form? In the photo below there are 3 of them on these branches. Slowly they develop.

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Then overnight, with a burst of exuberance, the flowers appear, flaunting their beauty to the world and the nigh time insects and moths passing by.untitled-2-2_2472x1905untitled-1-1_4000x3000The show is short-lived as after one day they shrivel into a stringy brown tail. Then slowly fruit forms and swells.untitled-4-4_2507x3139untitled-3-3_4000x3000Checking them every day it is fascinating to watch, as they gradually turn to a rich red. Then they are ready to pick.

To enhance the juicy flavour put them in the fridge overnight. Then they are ready to eat. The taste is hard to pin down with some saying it’s a sweet mix of mild kiwi fruit, watermelon, strawberry and pear flavours.

untitled-7-7_3291x2425Succulent and dripping with juice, spoon them straight from the skin and enjoy.

One of the pure joys of nature and gardening is producing your own food.

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This week Patti has inspired me with the theme of nature for “the len’s-artist photo challenge”

 

44 comments

  1. This post shows the formation of the dragon fruit perfectly. I would like to mention it is also called a Pitaya and is rich in vitamins C,B1,B2 and B3, calcium and iron and the list goes on and each fruit has only about 60 calories. Being keen on health that is what I really like about Dragon Fruit.

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    • It has a texture similar to watermelon too so you may not like it. Golden kiwi fruit are good, but I prefer the green ones, think they have more flavour. Hope your weather continues to improve. VERY windy here at the moment. Hope it calms down before we fly out on Wednesday…

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  2. Those used to be so obscure, but now that so many of us do not care what our front gardens look like, many of us are growing these on stakes and hanging over rails right out front. As much as I enjoy fruit trees, I really think that these should be grown more discretely in the sideyards, out of the way.

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