Agriculture

Oklahoma native Chuck Taylor grows pitaya, or dragon fruit, commercially in Willacy County. (VBR)

Growing Dragons in Willacy

Tucked away at the end of Kenaf Road just west of Raymondville is a small farm that has commercially produced a little-known tropical delicacy for seven years. Pitaya, more commonly known as dragon fruit, is a reddish oval-shaped fruit grows from the arms of a plant of the cactus family. Largely unfamiliar to Rio Grande Valley residents, this new crop has yet to be a common ingredient in a fruit…

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