n Farmer’s Weekly - Sweeter dragon fruit varieties for SA growers : farming for tomorrow

Volume 2016, Issue 16024
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



At R50/kg, one would think more South African farmers would be producing dragon fruit. However, although local conditions are ideal for growing this cactus plant, to date plant material has been scarce in South Africa and the number of available cultivars limited. Moreover, these cultivars have not been well-received by consumers due to their bland taste. Now new, sweeter cultivars are being made available under licence to growers by Amorentia Nursery based in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Owner Howard Blight says that he bought the plant material for 14 dragon fruit varieties from a well-known plant collector, Keith Wilson, who imported it from the US. Howard has registered these varieties under the Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit trademark.

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