commonly known as dragon fruit (in parties) but more popular common name as Red Pitaya. Other names being  Red Pitahaya, Night blooming Cereus, Strawberry Pear, Belle of the Night, Conderella Plant.
 
The fruit red in colour covered with thick long bracts, cut fruit has black seeds dispersed like Kiwi fruit (and is sometimes confused with it) but the pulp is white in colour and fruit about 8-12 cm long, and belongs to a cactus Hylocereus undatus
 
The plant is grown both as ornamental vine and the fruit crop; 
Dragon fruits are quite common in North America when it comes to fruit salad;
 
Distribution: Originally from Central America, cultivated world wide.  
 

 

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Fruits & Vegetables Week: Hylocereus undatus, the dragon fruit:  Big parties in Delhi have a new addition to fresh fruits for last few years.  

The fruit red in colour covered with thick long bracts, cut fruit has black seeds dispersed like Kiwi fruit (and is sometimes confused with it) but the pulp is white in colour and fruit about 8-12 cm long, and belongs to a cactus Hylocereus undatus 
commonly known as dragon fruit (in parties) but more popular common name as Red Pitaya. Other names being  Red Pitahaya, Night blooming Cereus, Strawberry Pear, Belle of the Night, Conderella Plant.  
Flowers of the plant are available at Flowers of India website http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Night%20Blooming%20Cereu…
Here are the fruits from the party. The plant is grown both as ornamental vine and the fruit crop.

– I have this plant at home. Hs flowered many any times. But never fruited. May be diff sps? But till real Brahmakamal was known and even now it is called as Bramhakamal. The flowers are more white than shown in link ..


Dragon fruits are quite common in North America when it comes to fruit salad

 

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CACTACEAE: Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose: Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose  Fl. Bermuda 256 1918.
Synonyms
Cereus guatemalensis (Eichler) A.Berger Kakteen 121, 338 1929 (non. illeg.)
Cereus tricostatus Rol.-Goss. Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54: 664 1908.
Cereus trigonus var. guatemalensis Eichler Monatschr. Kakteenk. 21: 53 1911.
Cereus undatus Pfeiff. Enum. Diagn. Cact 94 1837.
Cereus undulatus D.Dietr. Syn. Pl. 3: 104 1842.
Hylocereus guatemalensis (Eichlam) Britton & Rose Cact. 2: 184 1920.
Hylocereus tricostatus (Gosselin) Britton & Rose Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 12(10): 429 429 1909.
Family: CACTACEAE
Distribution: Originally from Central America, cultivated world wide.
Commonly called as Dragonfruit or Pitaya.

Here are mine from Delhi, in a dinner party


I hope you would be knowing … She just told me we have pink ones here too.
Thanks for sharing the Delhi ones…


Taste was too good.
I didnt save the seeds. Its very easily available in the market.


I saw and photographed this in a marriage party in Delhi
Sold in some good fruit shops in Delhi under the name Dragon fruit. 

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Dragon Fruit (mixed thread). No images, only discussion:
its called dragon fruithas white or reddish pink pulp with green or red skin on the outside… you wash it cut it open.. thousands of black seeds and pulp show up
you use a spoon (special spoons with serrated ends, originally designed to eat grapefruits.. is best) to scoop out the pulp and eat… seed and alll. eat it as after dinner fruit with some cheese… like brei or soft cheeses .. (not blue) … yum…
we get it in India… in hotels like the Grand or Taj in Delhi where they get these exotics flown in esp for their chefs… I get it at Oberoi Grand in Septemeber once in awhile.. iffy supplier…


That’s cool, I will try next time i go to market
Today there is a number 8 typhoon warning, so office is off and hope markets would be closed too.
It was too windy and rainy outside.


How come Dragon fruit came in this thread, a cactus, fruit now a part of Dinner parties in Delhi at most functions. I had uploaded it recently. https://groups.google.com/group/indiantreepix/browse_thread/thread/70…

Somehow conversation ended up with … about Hazaribag had Palms in this thread, he said he was from Ranchi… etc etc about sitaphal and it went on from there?  AND YES I remember you had uploaded the fruit and I had said If I find mine from one of my dinners at the hotel I’ll upload… thanks, for refreshing view of the fruit…  … here’s what they look like. in… pics… stay indoors… and healthy… and keep writing to us . as long as telephone lines are open… typhoons are no fun…


…The thread I was thinking about was not this one… it was about the Brahmakamal flowers, where we had a similar discussion… I was not a memeber when this particular thread happened in January…


yes I saw the pics. I know the fruit. Its very well available in the market and most probably they cultivate it somewhere here in HK itself. Will try my luck. Internet says its laxative hence one should try to test is before eating!!


Like I said, I have eaten a whole fruit at various dinners.. in september mostly in Kolkata… no side effects to speak of…

 

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Hooghly Today : Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose : Attachments (10). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Yes …; it has all the characteristics of a dragon fruit (pitaya) cactus. Alas; no fruits. I have this in my home; may be it also has n’t reached the fruiting stage.


Thank you very much Sir, for confirming the ID.


 

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Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose SN Sep 57 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).

Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose, cactus some times growing under wild conditions.


 

 

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Dragon fruit flower : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Flowering for the first time, on our terrace. Awaiting the fruits.


Please do share the fruits, when they take their final shape..thanks !!


 

 

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Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)- 1 mb or more. 
Location: Gyaneswor, Kathmandu
Date: 02 August 2019
Elevation: 1300 m.

Habitat : Cultivated
Only POWO has given Selenicereus undatus (Haw.) D.R.Hunt as the accepted name and the other as synonym.


8 September 2020.

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.  

 
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