A pitaya or pitahaya is the fruit of several cactus species. "Pitaya" usually refers to fruit of the genus Stenocereus, while "pitahaya" or "dragon fruit" always refers to fruit of the genus Hylocereus. They are also called strawberry pears because of the bright red features of the fruit. These plants are also known by other names as well. Dragon fruit is a good source of nutrients which are very beneficial for our health. It contains high amount of Vitamin C as well as iron, calcium, Vitamin B, potassium, fiber, other vitamins and minerals.
Dragon fruit demand in India is very high and many people are showing interest in dragon fruit cultivation in Karnataka, dragon fruit farming in Gujarat, Assam, Haryana, Punjab, and Maharashtra. The dragon fruit farming in some places of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as well. The dragon fruit farming profit depends on many factors, however, let us see the approximate cost and income from dragon fruit cultivation in India. The demand for dragon fruits is increasing rapidly nowadays. The demand of dragon fruit is increasing in Gujarat too. However, the fruit is not affordable to all. In the wholesale market, dragon fruit sells for Rs 120 to 150 per kg. Entrepreneurs who invest in this project will be successful.