Knobbed, yellow cactus fruit sharing some similarities with the dragon fruit (pitaya). Taste is said to be superior to most cactus fruits.
A vining, terrestrial or epiphytic cactus, with fleshy stems reaching from a few inches up to 20ft long (in mature plants). The fruits are smaller than the common dragon fruit, and contain prominent spikes until ripening time, upon which the spikes drop off.
Hardy to around 32-35F.
The vines tolerate very high temperatures and usually need a trellis for support.
By seed, or by stem cuttings.
The fruit is popular eaten chilled, out of hand. It is also used to flavor drinks and pastries.
Native to Central and South America. The yellow pitaya is commercially grown to a limited extent in Columbia. Fruits are occasionally exported to Europe and Canada.
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