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Dragon Fruit : Pitahaya : 火龍果

Dragon Fruit : Pitahaya : 火龍果

History: Dragon fruit is also known by its less common names, Pitahaya. The Chinese commonly call it huǒ lóng guǒ, which directly translates to fire dragon fruit. The scientific name for the white fleshed dragonfruit is Hylocereus undatus. This can be attributed to the way it looks when placed vertically. The fruit appears to have green … Continue reading

Lychee

Lychee

History: Where is lychee from? If you had chosen Asia, as many would guess, you are correct. Its trees are native from Taiwan, China, and other parts of Southeast Asia. For those that are keeping track, the scientific name is Litchi chinensis and is part of the soapberry family,  Sapindaceae. Other fruits from this family … Continue reading

Blueberries

Blueberries

History: The scientific name is Cyanococcus, which falls under the Genus Vaccinium (cranberries fall within this genus as well). They grow on a bush which can be less than a foot in height (4 inches) to 13 feet tall. The smaller bushes are known as “lowbush blueberries” or “wild” whereas the taller bushes are known as “highbush blueberries.” … Continue reading

Passionfruit : Purple Granadilla : Maracuja

Passionfruit : Purple Granadilla : Maracuja

History: These are all names of what we widely call “passion fruit,” notice the space which dictates spelling in the US and the UK. This fruit grows on a vine, and is native to Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. It grows well in warmer climates and now exists in Asia, Oceania, Africa, and North America (CA, … Continue reading