Pitaya Varieties Available in Florida



From the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida


Name1

Origin

Species

Need for cross pollination

Weight (lbs)

Peel color

Pulp color

Flavor

Rec.2

Alice

California

Hylocereus undatus

Yes

0.5-1.0

Bright pink, green scales

White

Semisweet, good

M

American Beauty

Guatemala

H. guatemalensis

No

0.5-1.0

Pink, light green scales

Dark pink

Good flavor

Y

Bloody Mary

California

H. polyrhizus

Yes

0.25-0.5

Red, green scales

Dark red

Semisweet, good

N

Cosmic Charlie

California

H. undatus

No

0.75-1.25

Pink, light green scales

Pink

Grape/kiwi-

like flavor

Y

Costa Rican Sunset

Costa Rica

Hylocereus spp.

Yes

0.25-0.5

Pink, green scales

Dark red

Good flavor

M

Dark Star

California

H. undatus

No

0.75-1.25

Pink, light green scales

Pink

Mild grape-like flavor

Y

David Bowie

California

H. undatus

No

0.5-1.0

Bright pink, green on margins of scales

White

Sweet, tangy flavor

Y

Delight

California

H. polyrhizus x H. undatus

No

0.5-1.0

Bright pink, green scales

White

Sweet

Y

Guyute

Central America

H. undatus

No

0.5-1.0

Pink, green scales

White

Sweet

Y

Halleys Comet

California

H. undatus x H. polyrhizus

No

1.5-2.0

Pink, green scales

Dark pink

Sweet, good flavor

Y

Harpua

Central America

H. undatus

No

0.75-1.0

Bright pink, green scales

White

Semisweet, good flavor

M

L.A. Women

California

H. undatus

Yes

0.75-1.5

Bright pink, green scales

White

Sweet, bad after taste

N (bad aftertaste)

Lake Atitlan

Guatemala

H. guatemalensis

No

0.75-1.0

Bright pink, green scales

White

Sweet and tangy flavor

M

Makisupa

Central America

H. undatus x H. polyrhizus

No

0.75-1.0

Pink, green scales

Dark Pink

Sweet, slightly astringent

Y

Neitzl

California

H. undatus

No

0.75-1.0

Bright pink, green scales

White

Sweet

Y

Physical Graffiti

California

H. polyrhizus x H. undatus

No

0.75-1.5

Dark pink, green scales

Pink

Sweet, good flavor

Y

Purple Haze

California

H. undatus

No

1.0-2.0

Dark pink, green scales

Dark pink

Sweet grape/kiwi- like flavor

Y

Red Jaina

Florida

H. ployrhizus

Yes

0.5-0.75

Dark pink, dark pink scales

Red

Semisweet, good flavor

N

Seoul Kitchen

Florida

H. undatus

No

0.75-1.0

Bright pink, light green scales

White

Sweet

Y

Thompson

California

H. undatus

No

0.75-1.5

Bright pink, green scales

White

Sweet, good flavor

Y

Vietnam Jaina

Vietnam

H. undatus

No

0.5-1.5

Bright pink, green scales

White

Semisweet

Y

Voodoo Child

Florida

H. ployrhizus

No

0.15-0.25

Dark pink, green scales

Dark pink

Sweet, grape-like flavor

M

Yellow Dragon

Florida

Selenicereus megalanthus

No

0.5-0.75

Bright yellow, green tinged scales

White

Sweet, very good flavor

Y

Zamorano

Honduras

H. ployrhizus

No

0.5-1.0

Red, scales with green margins

Red

Sweet, mild flavor

Y

1 Selected and named in Florida.
2 Recommendation for planting in the home landscape; Y, yes; M, maybe; and N, no.




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Crane, Johathan H., Balerdi, Carlos F. and Maquire, Ian. "Pitaya Growing in the Home Landscape."  edis.ifas.ufl.edu. This document is HS1068, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date Nov.2005. Reviewed Nov. 2009 and July 2013. Web. 8 Aug. 2014.

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