Dragon Fruit

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Dragon Fruit, or Pitaya, is a unique cactus that grows in tropical areas. It’s actually Native to the Americas, but they can be found all over the world, from Florida to the Philippines.

Here on Oahu, dragon fruit cactus grow all over the island. They like to climb on walls and up trees, and they can be seen in many yards and wild spaces.

cuctus on a wall

In Arizona we have cactus all over the place. We’re famous for our saguaro cactus, which have become a symbol of the southwest. But, we also have prickly pear, cholla, and a wide variety of other species.

Dragon fruits remind me a little of prickly pears because the fruit looks similar. However, prickly pear fruit is drier, and it’s better in syrup than when eaten raw.

It’s weird to see a cactus in places that seem otherwise tropical, but dragon fruit are adapted to all sorts of environments, and can handle both a little or a lot of water.

dragon on the vine

I’m hoping to grow some while I’m here. You guys know that I love plants! I’ve tried to grow something different everywhere I’ve lived.

In Guam, I kept a variety of orchids. I’d never lived in a tropical place before, and so I enjoyed having happy orchids for once that would bloom and bloom. As you can imagine, they don’t bloom a lot when kept in Arizona.

Here, I’m hoping to grow dragon fruit, avocados, and maybe some pineapples just for fun.

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Hamamoto Fruit World

Hamamoto Fruit World is a tourist attraction on the island of Guam.

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It’s really geared towards Japanese tourists, but anyone is welcome.

dragon fruit in a basket

I am a real lover of plants, and I thought it was exciting to get the chance to learn more about the plants that live on the equator.

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The park it basically a long, looping road.

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You can use your own car, or you can take the park shuttle.

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I recommend taking your own car. That way you can take as long as you want to see things.

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We actually ended up stopping and getting out of the car a lot, so we could have a closer look at the plants.

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In particular the coffee plants (above) were fascinating to my husband. He loves coffee.

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Of course, I like the agave, since that is what is used to make tequila.

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The park is located off route 16, and the road there is a little rough.

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Once you get there, you can enjoy the small garden before doing the looping drive.

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Also, there are places to take picture with the very of the center of the island.

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You will see all kinds of flowers, bushes, and trees.

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My favorite is the ginger. The plants are beautiful, and they come in red, pink, and white.

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Ginger is used as a spice, but it can also be used in tea.

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Some of the best fruit on Guam is the Dragon Fruit and Mango, but we also have star fruit and other exciting things you don’t find outside the tropics.

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Hamamoto fruit world is a wonderful place to see what kind of plants live in “Zone Nine,” or the equator.

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We also have pineapple, wax apple, herbs for tea, and all sorts of other exciting things.

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Remember sunscreen, since there are places to get out and walk.

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When you pay, you will get a small information packet so you can identify the fruits.

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It was $3 per person to tour the place, so it’s certainly the most affordable thing to do on Guam.

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It’s fun trying to figure out what plant goes with what picture.

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Some I had seen before. For example, coconuts and bread fruit grow all over the island.

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Other plants, like the sugar apples, were new to me.

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Before you leave, be sure to stop at the gift shop.

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They make their own honey, Popsicles, and other products from the fruits in the park.

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Plan on spending about an hour there, although you could spend all day if you really like plants!

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Bangkok Flower Market

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One of the places I loved the most in all of Thailand was the Bangkok Flower Market.

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A tuk-tuk driver suggested it to me, and as I have always loved plants, I went to check it out.

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Basically, it’s just a part of town next to the floating market where they have stalls selling fruits and flowers.

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That might not sound exciting to you (and if so I do understand) but I love plants and flowers so much!

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The flowers are grown all over the country, and they are sold here to become wreaths and bouquets.

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Most of them will become offerings to Buddha in a temple somewhere, but some are also for gifts and occasions.

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Giving flowers, offering flowers, and having flowers around is a big part of Thai culture because it is a tropical country with good soil.

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Even just walking around the streets I came upon amazing flowers all the time that stopped me in my tracks and made me take a picture.

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So, this is my gratuitous post in tribute of the amazing flowers of Thailand.

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Please enjoy my bad cell phone pictures of some of the most beautiful flowers and fruit that I have ever seen.

more fruit for sale

I promise that if I ever go back, I will at least buy a mediocre camera first so I can take less blurry pictures.

pile of dragon fruit

Of course, if you did have a nice camera, would you want to take it on vacation?

Probably not…

So bad pictures it is!

elephant gets flower offerings