Gujarat – Dragon Fruit renamed as Kamalam
On Tuesday, the CM of Gujarat Vinay Rupani said that the state government has applied to rename Dragon Fruit as ‘Kamalam’. The management believes that the original name would be related to China and thus sound improper. As the outer shape of the fruit resembles a lotus, the Dragon Fruit has been renamed as Kamalam, as it’s the Sanskrit name for lotus and the pink coloured fruit resembles the flower.
Dragon fruit grows on a type of cactus whose flowers only open at night. The plant is native to southern Mexico and Central America. Today, it’s grown all over the world. It goes by names, including pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear. The most widely available variety has white pulp with black seeds. Dragon fruit crop can be grown in almost all types of land. Hence, farmers in states like Gujarat, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra as well as Andaman and Nicobar have taken up large scale cultivation.
There are various health benefits of the said fruit.
- Many studies suggest that the fruit is high in fibre and antioxidant content.
- 1. It boosts your iron levels. Iron is important for moving oxygen in your body.
- 2. It strengthens your immune system and is very high in Vitamin C.
- 3. It contains probiotics, which are foods that feed the healthy bacteria in your body.
- 4. Both red and white varieties have been shown to reduce insulin resistance.