Most people would never guess that they are eating the fruit of a cactus when they bite into a dragon fruit, but it is true! The Dragon Fruit, or Pitaya, comes from the vining cactus, Hylocereus, whose origins are traced to the Americas. The fruit can be found with flesh of a  striking pink or a creamy white. The fruit can last for two to three weeks in the refrigerator, but they will probably get eaten WAY before that. The locals here like to eat them slightly chilled, cut in half, and with a spoon!

 

Season: July - November

 

Dragon Fruit Video

Handling Dragon Fruit

Growing Dragon Fruit - UF/IFAS Factsheet

Dragon Fruit Hylocereus sp.

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