Updated: Oct 2
The cultivation of Dragon fruit in Vietnam has a history of over 100 years, introduced by the French. However, it was only in the 1980s that Dragon fruit became a significant commercial commodity. Vietnam is currently the sole country in Southeast Asia with relatively concentrated Dragon fruit cultivation for commercial purposes, covering an estimated area of 4,000 hectares as of 1998.
The majority of Dragon fruit cultivation is concentrated in Binh Thuan, with 2,716 hectares devoted to it. The remaining cultivation areas are found in provinces like Long An, Tien Giang, Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa, and scattered in a few other locations. Dragon fruit plants are well-suited to hot and arid regions due to their drought-resistant nature.
Vietnamese farmers, known for their diligence and creativity, have successfully elevated Dragon fruit to an export commodity that surprises many foreign consumers. Currently, Vietnam exports Dragon fruit to various countries in the form of fresh fruit.