Armando – Hylocereus costaricensis

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Spicy Exotics Dragon Fruit ratings table:

Flavor – When testing for sweetness of the Dragon Fruit a device called a refractometer is used. It uses the brix scale of sweetness. This scale ranges from 0 to 32. The higher the number the sweeter the fruit. In addition to sweetness any unique attributes such as size and flavor are also considered when giving this rating.
Fruit Production – For the rating we look at how many fruits are produced from a single plant. Also, how easy or difficult it is to grow is considered. For example, a variety that is self-fertile will get a higher rating than an non self-fertile variety.
Growing – This is a rating of the overall hardiness of the plant. In addition to this, we also look at how quickly the plant adapts from cuttings and how long it will take before producing the first fruit.
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Armando is Dragon Fruit variety originally collected by Ramiro Lobo near the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. This variety is not self-pollinating so it will need help with hand pollination. Once pollinated the fruit is a good size and taste with an average weight of one pound. The fruit has a nice red skin and red flesh that scores a 16 on the brix scale of sweetness. DNA test show that this variety is related to San Ignacio, a Dragon Fruit variety that is grown commercially in Nicaragua. The plant tolerates frost and heat very well due to a thicker outer waxy membrane when compare to other varieties. The stems, flower buds, flowers, and fruit all look very similar to Hylocereus costaricensis variety collected here at Spicy Exotics. This variety was collected from a grower in California.

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Weight 0.75 lbs


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