Ecuadorian dragon fruit will be available to retailers and consumers throughout North America for the first time
Dole Food Company has announced that it is offering Ecuadorean pitaya, or dragon fruit, to consumers across the western US and Canada.
”Grown under ideal conditions in Ecuador, Dole dragon fruit is meticulously cultivated to meet the company’s rigorous quality standards,” the company outlined.
”Importing in Dole’s atmosphere-controlled containers results in less dehydration of the fruit compared to more common non-containerised shipping.”
Dole pointed out that pitaya had become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly due to the health benefits that it offered.
The fruit is rich in antioxidants, low in calories, high in fibre and contains essential vitamins like vitamin B, vitamin B12 (cobalamin) and iron.
“Dole is constantly responding to market demands with its innovative product offerings,” stated Nelson Montoya, president of Dole Fresh Fruit North America.
“We are excited to bring the incredible flavours and health benefits of Dragon Fruit to households across the western US and Canada,” he added. ”This exotic fruit aligns perfectly with Dole’s dedication to providing our customers with the very best in fresh produce.”