By Zac B. Sarian

In Ilocos Norte, you can see dragon fruit practically everywhere—in the yards of homes as well as in farms big and small.

Of course, the leading producer and private researcher in dragon fruit is Edita Dacuycuy of Burgos town. She has already planted 10 hectares to this cactus fruit crop and plans to expand some more.

Edita does not only plant and harvest dragon fruits for sale. She processes the fruits and other parts of the plant for added value. She quips that if the coconut is the tree of life, the dragon fruit is the vine of life.

Among the byproducts she has developed from fruits and parts of the dragon fruit are wine, ice cream, vinegar cupcake, noodles, spring rolls, and many more.

Refmad Farm, the name of Edita’s farm, has now become a tourist destination, which Gov. Marcos is supporting by constructing a cemented road to the farm. Construction is under way.

This appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s January 2014 issue.