Hylocereus costaricensis – H. 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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Hylocereus costaricensis

Hylocereus costaricensis Dragon Fruit is also known as the Costa Rican pitaya. This is a cactus species native to Central America and northwestern South America. This plant is known for having some of the largest stems made by any Dragon Fruit variety. They are extra large, three-sided growth with medium size spines. The flower buds emerge with red outline on the edges of the bud. The night blooming flowers are huge 15-inches and need assistance to set fruit as this variety is not self-pollinating. Because of this, it lacks a 5 rating in fruit production. When the fruit is produced, they are about .75 to 1 pounds with a red flesh. This flesh has a firm texture with a tangy kiwi type flavor. The sweetness is also present with an average brix score of 18. In 2017 our fall fruit stayed on the vine around 10 days longer than normal. This allowed the fruit to mature without rupturing from the summer heat. Because of this, the brix rating was a whopping 24. Every year the fruit has an attractive external appearance. The fruit is a perfect round shape with red skin fading to green fins that protrude away and curl down from the fruit. This fruit has indicaxanthin, a type of betaxanthin, a plant pigment antioxidant. All around, this is one of my favorites. This variety was acquired from a tropical nursery in California.

Weight 1.5 lbs

1 review for Hylocereus costaricensis – H. costaricensis

  1. Tye Miller

    This unique variety is like no other. A nice balance of acidity and sweetness with a firm texture making it one of my favs. The stems are huge and a strong grower as well.

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