May 25, 2011

Cactus Flower

Did you know that dragon fruit (that hot-pink fruit with black-and-white peppered insides that's becoming increasingly noticeable in restaurants and supermarkets) is from the flower of a cactus? Workers have to pollinate the flowers manually during the night, since the flowers remain closed during the day. Here is a nice New York Times article on the trend.

I remember being surprised when I first found out the facts behind dragon fruit, but looking at this cactus and its gigantic flower, the whole biological process became easier to imagine: just color this white flower hot pink in your mind.

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