Kathie Van Arum – H. stenopterus X H. undatus


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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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Kathie Van Arum

Kathie Van Arum Dragon Fruit is a hybrid variety that comes from Hylocereus stenopterus and Hylocereus undatus. It is one of three hybrids created by German hybridizer Eckhard Meier. The other two varieties are Connie Mayer and Bruni. These are also offered on our online store, Connie Mayer will not be available until 2019. The flower Kathie Van Arum is a medium sized bloom with inner petals being pink shading to purple with white edges and tips. The flower bud is equally impressive as the flower. In Louisiana, the flower opens at dusk and closes at sun rise. When compared to other varieties this opens much earlier. The growth is tender, large, and three-sided that is typical of Hylocereus. Fruits are typical egg-shaped that are small to medium, often weighing .50 to 1 pound. The flesh of the fruit is pink with the skin bring pale dark red, almost maroon colored with green fins. The first test was in 2017 and it weighed in around .5 pounds. Before tasting, I tested with my refractometer and I could not believe my eyes. It had a brix reading of 22.5. So then I tasted it and the fruit had the most amazing coconut sweet taste. This is my new favorite! This variety was acquired from a tropical nursery in California.

Weight .5 lbs

1 review for Kathie Van Arum – H. stenopterus X H. undatus

  1. Diana M Taylor

    Have you ever sat back and said; “It just doesn’t get any better than this”? Well, that’s what I said the last time I ordered from Spicy Exotics. Boy, was I wrong! What you do receive along with your order every time is a much BIGGER SURPRISE than the last time and Tyes’ way of showing lots of appreciation for your business. The plants are the very best and so is Tyes’ business principles and I thank you .

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