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pitaya* 

I headed to this beach town called Bagan Lallang over the weekend with some new-found Mat Salleh friends to do some research work. It is actually situated after the town of Sepang, where the Selangor government organised a Pesta Air (translation -water festival), in conjunction with VMY2007. On the way over, I came across a few dragon fruit (the proper scientific name is pitaya) plantations and decided to buy a few kilos - the red flesh kind with seeds that pop like poppy seeds.

After making my payment, I asked permission to snoop around and see up close the funny looking trees. I have been eating the fruit for many years now and I have no idea what the tree looks like. I am sure most of you urbanites have no idea as well. It looks somewhat like a cactus plant (it has lots of thorns too) and it's interesting to see the fruit hanging at the end of the stems.

The plant's flowers bloom at night. To view the picture of the flower, click here. Gorgeous, eh?

April 16, 2007 // anjali* pranced on tip-toes all over the keyboard at 9:22 pm
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