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Dragon fruit grown in India :Dragon fruit exported from Maharashtra to Dubai. Why is it called Kamalam and what are its varieties, when was its production started in India.

To promote the export of exotic species of fruits, a consignment of dragon fruit rich in fiber and minerals has been exported to Dubai. ‘Dragon Fruit’ is also known as Kamalam. The dragon fruit for export was imported from farmers of Tadasar village in Sangli district of Maharashtra. It is processed and packed in APEDA approved exporter of M/s.

The scientific name of dragon fruit is Hyloceresundatus. It is mainly grown in countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, United States of America and Vietnam. It was produced in India in the early 1990s and was grown as a home garden. With the increasing use of dragon fruit for cultivation by farmers of different states, its popularity has increased rapidly.

Where is dragon fruit grown in India

Currently, dragon fruit is grown mostly in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Less water is required for its cultivation (Dragon Fruit farming). It can be grown in different types of soil. There are three main varieties of dragon fruit – white fleshed, pink colored fruit, red fleshed, pink colored fruit and yellow colored fruit with white flesh.

PM had mentioned in Mann Ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned dragon fruit cultivation in the arid Kutch region of Gujarat in the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program on All India Radio in July 2020. He congratulated the farmers of Kutch for cultivating dragon fruit to ensure India’s self-sufficiency in production.

What’s in Dragon Fruit?

Fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are found in dragon fruit. Its specialty is helpful in repairing cells damaged by stress and reducing inflammation in the body and improving the digestive system. Since the fruit has spikes and petals similar to a lotus, it is also called Kamalam fruit.

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