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.