Desarrollo de la Pitahaya (Cereus Sp.) En Ecuador

Translated title of the contribution: Development of Pitahaya (Cereus Sp.) in Ecuador

Laura Elizabeth Huachi Espin, Irene Elizabeth Yugsi Vargas, Maria Jose Paredes Toca, Daniel Coronel, Karla Verdugo, Pablo Vladimir Coba Santamaria

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Pitahaya (Cereus sp.) is an exotic tropical fruit, widely distributed in America and even present in Asia. In Ecuador it is found in provinces such as Pichincha, Morona Santiago and Loja. It is a climbing shrub whose fruit is a berry of attractive flavor. It is known that this plant has been used as a living fence or ornamental form for its morphological characteristics, however its nutritional characteristics have taken more prominence in the last decade as it is attributed the property of being a complete food fruit. The most relevant, its high content of bioflavonoids and the concentration of fatty acids, in addition to fiber, minerals and vitamins which have cardiotonic and adjuvant effects in gastrointestinal problems. Unfortunately in the country there have been few studies on the benefits of this fruit, due to commercial competition with other fruits apparently of greater interest such as bananas, tree tomatoes and cocoa.
Translated title of the contributionDevelopment of Pitahaya (Cereus Sp.) in Ecuador
Original languageSpanish (Ecuador)
Pages (from-to)50-58
Number of pages9
JournalLa Granja
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Bioflavonoids
  • Fatty acids
  • Pitahaya
  • Stenocereus queretaroensis (f.a.c weber) buxb

CACES Knowledge Areas

  • 115A Biology


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