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Burgos’s dragon fruit sold in Baguio

The dragon fruit (genus Hylocereus) is also grown in the Philippines. This red dragon fruit is from Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Its pink and roundish and these days, Baguio’s central market is awash with this strange fruit. Sold at 50-60 pesos per kilo, these fruits of cacti from the genus Hylocereus, which is primarily an American species but is now cultivated in several Asian countries, came all the way from Burgos, Ilocos Norte! The town is making it as their One Town, One Product (OTOP) project.

The fruit, usually with the white pulp, is seen in supermarkets in the country, usually coming from Vietnam and sold at more than a hundred pesos per kilo. With this Burgos product, it’s really great that its cheaper for such a fruit loaded with vitamins and minerals. In Davao, the yellow variety, which is smaller, has bigger seeds but sweeter is also cultivated.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

6 Comments

  1. Nomadic Samuel
    September 18, 2012 @ 13:31

    Dragon fruit is certainly interesting! The first time I tried it I was expecting something sweeter. I’ve grown to like it over time 🙂

  2. estancabigas
    September 18, 2012 @ 15:42

    i really like this fruit. but the yellow ones are better since sweeter 🙂

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  4. Noypistuff
    October 28, 2012 @ 8:05

    I saw it at a mall and tried it. It does not taste bad at all. I only tasted the pink one. I did not know it has another variety. I wanna try that, too. Great photo, by the way… 😀

  5. estancabigas
    October 28, 2012 @ 8:43

    thanx! you should try the yellow one too. sweeter 🙂

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