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Dragon fruit grows well in SoCal


Last updated 8/14/2017 at Noon

Cut dragon fruit shows its juicy pulp color. Dragon fruity taste and texture is often noted to be compared to kiwi fruit. Farmer Gray Martin is passionate about cultivating sweet red and pink hybrid varieties. Shane Gibson photos

Local farmer Gray Martin wants area farmers to know that there is a good alternative to growing avocados besides wine grapes – dragon fruit. Martin has been experimenting with dragon fruit varieties for about 20 years. They require one-third the water that avocado trees do, and the same kind of temperatures.

“Wherever avocados will grow, the dragon fruit will grow,” Martin said.

While Temecula gets too hot and too cold for the plants, he has a dragon fruit farm in the hills west of Temecula and another one in Rainbow.

His background as a small farmer in Riverside was in citrus whic...

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