Ilocos dragon fruit delights Chinese tummy
The dragon fruit, locally grown in Ilocos Norte as Saniata has reached Shandong, China with a hit that delighted the officials and businessmen here.
In a recent visit made by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos and a number of local officials in this biggest agricultural crops producing province of China, the hosting local officials here were surprised of the astonishing distinct taste of the Ilocos dragon fruit.
Compared to the red- skinned with white flesh dragon fruit which is commonly grown in China and Taiwan, what made the Ilocos dragon fruit that amazed the Chinese officials in Shandong is the red flesh of the local Saniata. Shandong Deputy Director General Zhang Zhongmin described the fruit as juicier and sweeter than any of the varieties of the fruit he had tasted.
Meantime, Vice Mayor Wang Shuhua of the Municipality of Weifang had shown interest of growing the Saniata dragon fruit in his hometown. “We have hou long guo (fire dragon fruit) locally home grown here, however its flesh is white and not as juicy as the Saniata, and I intend to bring home some of this (Saniata) to my home town so I can show it to my constituents and see how can we grow the same,” said the delighted local executive of Weifang.
Part of the visit made by Gov. Marcos is to showcase the Saniata dragon fruit as a lucrative cash crop in Ilocos Norte and at the same time explores agricultural researches on high value cash crops in Shandong, it being one of the biggest producers of agricultural commercial crops in China. ~Florante A Nicolas, PGIN-CMO