The formidable Malaga consultant plans to develop dragon fruit in Axarquia

Monday 13 November 2023, at 18:12

Málaga actress Rocío Madrid desires to develop dragon fruit in Axarquia, a fruit referred to as a superfood attributable to its excessive fiber content material and vitamin B and C ranges.

The well-known actress has already grown some on her farm, finca La Mística. Often known as pitaya, it’s composed largely of water. Native to Central America and Asia, they’re coated in a type of scaly layer however look stunning when hanging from the tree.

Its inside colour ranges from purple to violet and it’s dotted with small black dotted seeds. From the skin, it’s clearly one of the vital charming fruits available on the market. From the within it has an fragrant and lightweight style. Additionally it is low in energy. It may be eaten with a spoon or with meat and fish. “Till now, a lot of the pitayas you should buy in supermarkets are imported from international locations like Ecuador when they’re nonetheless inexperienced,” Rocio-Madrid mentioned.

Malaga’s Pitaya fruits are usually not solely ripe when reduce, however are additionally pure with none pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. They don’t have any preservatives or synthetic flavors both. To find the fruit haven of Rocío Madrid, you will need to first drive to Benajarafe. From there, close to the soccer discipline, you observe a slender lane till you attain Finca La Mística, which extends over 10,000 sq. metres.

Behind the pool, the pitaya farm stands in a number of completely parallel rows. The land she bought in 2017 evokes Mediterranean simplicity and class. The Cortijo, the primary constructing that’s now her house, was not an entire spoil, nevertheless it required numerous hours of labor and a few funding to remodel it into the jewel it’s in the present day. “For me, this isn’t only a house or a spot to interrupt away. It’s a life venture,” she mentioned. Pitayas La Mística is among the few corporations producing pitayas within the province of Malaga. “It is my manner of giving again to the earth,” Rocio-Madrid mentioned.

Superfruit

Rocío Madrid believes the product has the potential to make its manner into the purchasing cart and pointed to the dietary advantages of the fruit. Along with its excessive fiber content material, pitaya comprises vitamin B, vitamin C and varied minerals corresponding to iron, phosphorus and calcium.

Pitaya belongs to the cactus household, so it does not want plenty of water. This doesn’t imply that it’s a simple plant. Flowers have to be pollinated by hand. The fruit slicing course of can be delicate. “In the event you reduce them two or three days too early, they lose plenty of their taste,” Rocio-Madrid mentioned. A few of its pitaya varieties are exported to the Netherlands, whereas it’s also in negotiations with a lot of nationwide growers.

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