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Hylocereus sp., Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear

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 Hylocereus sp.
Family: Cactaceae
Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear
Origin: Central America
Large shrub 5-10 ftVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEdibleThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

There are three species of dragon fruit in the genus Hylocereus and one species in the genus Selenicereus. Varieties of Hylocereus guatemalensis, Hylocereus polyrhizus, and Hylocereus undatus as well as hybrids of these three species are grown commercially worldwide. Selenicereus megalanthus is grown commercially on smaller scales in South America and is especially popular in Columbia.

Related genera: Cereus, Acanthocereus, Echinocereus, Selenicereus, Stenocereus, Escontria, Myrthillocactus.

This climbing cactus is one of the most beautiful and wide spread members of the Cactaceae family. It is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus is terrestrial/epiphytic plant which is extremely unusual. It's fleshy stems reach up to 30ft. long, climbing onto walls or over trees using aerial roots. Magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste.

The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length. Flowers are vibrant and beautiful and many related species are propagated as ornamentals. They generally bloom only at night, and usually last just one night where pollination is necessary to set fruit.

The fruit is most often eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks and it is in a new Tropicana Twister flavor. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual. The plants aren't usually too picky as to soil type, but because of their epiphytic nature, it is recommended to grow them in soil that is supplemented with high amounts of organic material. It can be grown successfully in sandy soils, providing shade is sometimes recommended in hot climates. In full production, these plants can have up to 4-6 fruiting cycles per year. Season: May-September.

The dragon fruit flesh can be white, red, or magenta. The red fleshed varieties contain lycopene which is a natural antioxidant known to fight cancer, heart disease, and lower blood pressure. Despite the health benefits and its spectacular appearance, the fruit has gone virtually unnoticed for centuries.

According to the legend the fruit was created thousands of years ago by fire breathing dragons. During a battle when the dragon would breathe fire the last thing to come out would be the fruit. After the dragon is slain the fruit is collected and presented to the Emperor as a coveted treasure and indication of victory. The soldiers would then butcher the dragon and eat the flesh. It was believed that those who feasted on the flesh would be endowed with the strength and ferocity of the dragon and that they too would be coveted by the Emperor. It is written that the dragons flame originates deep within its body near the base of its tail. The meat from this part of the dragon was the most desirable and most sought after portion. Only the officers of each division would be privy to this cut of meat. The ancient Chinese called this cut the jaina, which translates literally to the sweetest and best tasting. The jaina was treasured by all who were privileged enough to taste it, and it is believed that manís thirst for the jaina is what led to the destruction and eventual extinction of all of the dragons.

The mild and juicy fruit is easily cut in half and eaten with a spoon.

Today it is the leading fruit export of Vietnam. It has even caught the attention of Snapple, Tropicana, and Sobe which are just a few of the major labels that have incorporated dragon fruit into their bottled fruit drinks.

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 Hylocereus sp., Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear

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Hylocereus sp., Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear

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White pulp
Hylocereus sp., Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear

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Red pulp
Hylocereus sp., Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear

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Hylocereus guatemalensis
Hylocereus sp., Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear

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Hylocereus guatemalensis
Hylocereus sp., Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear

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Hylocereus guatemalensis


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Eureka Red Dragon Fruit is a large self pollinating red flesh fruit, originally from Nicaragua. It is most similar to Natural Mystic
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Hylocereus sp. - Sweet Red Pitaya, Dragon Fruit 

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Sweet Red Pitaya, Dragon Fruit. Self-fruiting variety, red outside and red inside - the most delicious variety. Very fast-growing.
Pitaya is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus, extremely unusual terrestrial/epiphytic plant. It has magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste. The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length.
The fruit is most often eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks and it is in a new Tropicana Twister flavor. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE C-Cibus - Crop Nutrition Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
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Hylocereus sp. - White Pitaya Vietnamese Jaina

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Red Pitaya with white flesh.
Pitaya is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus is terrestrial/epiphytic plant which is extremely unusual. It's fleshy stems reach up to 30ft. long, climbing onto walls or over trees using aerial roots. Magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste. The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length. The fruit is eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE C-Cibus - Crop Nutrition Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
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Hylocereus sp. - Zamorano Pitaya, Dragon Fruit 

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Zamorano variety was collected from the agriculture university in Honduras for which it is named. It is a medium to large sized fruit typically weighing 0.5-1.0 lbs. The flesh is incredibly dark red and has a sweet mild flavor. Larger fruit size is achieved with hand pollination, but this variety will set fruit on its own. This variety is versatile and can be eaten as fresh fruit, juiced for a drink, or used as a garnish.
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