UCLA – Hylocereus costaricensis


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Spicy Exotics Dragon Fruit rating table:

Flavor – When testing for the 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 a 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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UCLA Dragon Fruit variety comes from the genus Hylocereus and the species costaricensisis. Rumor has it someone was traveling into the United States with this variety. Then plant material was confiscated from that individual upon entering the United States. The plant material eventually made its way to the University of Southern California (UCLA). And this is where this variety gets its name.

This variety has thick segmented growth with medium-sized spines. The flower buds emerge with a red outline on the edges of the bud. On the day before opening and the flower bud red highlights turn a deep red almost brown color. The brown color is unique compared to most costaricensisis species. The night-blooming flowers are 14-inches, very fragrant, with lots of pollen. At this time we are unable to say if this variety is self-sterile or self-fertile.

Another exciting characteristic of UCLA is the fruit shape is oval where most costaricensisis species are a round shape. Fruits have an average weight of three-quarter pounds with a deep red flesh. This flesh has a firm texture with a tangy flavor. In 2019, our first fruit with UCLA produced an average Brix rating of 16. We expect this score to improve as the plant matures. Spicy Exotics acquired this UCLA variety from a grower in California.

Weight .75 lbs


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