Dragon fruit, also known as pitahaya or pitaya, has recently undergone a name change in the United States. In an effort to better represent the fruit and its cultural origins, the United States Department of Agriculture has officially recognized the name “dragon fruit” as the standard terminology for this exotic fruit.
Dragon fruit, native to Central and South America, is a tropical fruit known for its vibrant pink or red skin and sweet, juicy flesh. The fruit is a popular ingredient in smoothies and desserts, and is often sliced and added to salads or used as a topping for yogurt or oatmeal.
The name “dragon fruit” has been used in the United States for many years, but it is not the only name used for this fruit. In other parts of the world, the fruit is known by its scientific name, Hylocereus undatus, or by the names pitahaya or pitaya, which are derived from the indigenous language of the fruit’s native region.
The decision to officially recognize the name “dragon fruit” was made after several years of discussion and research by the USDA. The name was chosen because it accurately represents the fruit’s appearance, with its scaly skin and dragon-like shape. In addition, the name “dragon fruit” is already widely recognized and used by consumers in the United States, making it the most logical choice for the official name.
The name change has been met with mixed reactions from the public. Some people are happy with the decision, feeling that the new name is more accurate and descriptive of the fruit. Others are disappointed that the traditional names of pitahaya and pitaya are not being recognized, feeling that they better represent the fruit’s cultural origins.
Regardless of the controversy, the USDA’s decision is final, and the name “dragon fruit” will be the official terminology for this exotic and delicious fruit. As consumers continue to enjoy the unique flavors and health benefits of dragon fruit, the new name will become more widely accepted and familiar.