Dragon Fruit is native to South America is popular with the Aztec Indians, being mentioned in historical documents dating to the 13th century, the fruit was also enjoyed by the Spanish Conquistador’s.
This Dragonfruit is a hemi-epiphytic fast growing climbing cactus that produces large and tasty fruits with neon pink skin and a striking red to magenta flesh that's peppered with tiny black seeds. The seeds are quite small and can be eaten with the flesh - think kiwi.
The white to yellow flowers of this species are very large, reaching 8”-12” in length and contain many long narrow petals that make this a very striking flower. The fruit has a very refreshing flavor and is slightly sweet. Dragonfruit is a good source of calcium, fiber, and vitamin C that is low in calories. Perfect for juicing, smoothies, sorbet, or just to scoop out. Protect from Frost. Suitable for containers.
Other Names: Pitaya, Nanettika, Pitahaya, red-fleshed pitahaya, Hylocereus polyrhizus