is dragon fruit a cactus?

A Dragon Fruit Cactus The Hylocereus is a vine-y cactus native to Central and South America, 

but is now cultivated extensively throughout Southeast Asia for sweet, bright pink pitaya, commonly referred to as dragon fruit.

How Does Your Dragon Fruit Grow?

 1. A Dragon Fruit Cactus The Hylocereus is a vine-y cactus native to Central and South America, 

but is now cultivated extensively throughout Southeast Asia for sweet, bright pink pitaya, commonly referred to as dragon fruit.

2. A Dragon Fruit Plantation in Vietnam This plantation is one of many we passed along the central Vietnamese coast.

3. Dragon Fruit Bud I was blown away when I saw how they actually grow. Pitaya flowers open only at night, and only last a single night before wilting and dying,

so there's only a small window of time for cross-fertilization of the flowers between pitaya plants by bats and insects. Once successfully fertilized, each fruit starts out as a pale green bud.

4. Bud Expanding The bud slowly swells and expands, spreading its "scales" apart.

5. Mature Fruit Eventually, it takes on a pinkish tinge (or yellowish, depending on the variety), and it's ready to harvest and consume.

6. Ready to Eat Dragon fruit has an edible central fleshy area beneath a relatively thin skin.

The flesh is wet and slightly granular with many black seeds, sort of like a cross between a kiwifruit and a watermelon in texture.

The flavor is mildly sweet, with a floral aroma. If you can get your hands on some, it's an awesome between-courses snack to cleanse your palate and refresh yourself.

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