Update to Dragon Fruit blog ...
A couple of days ago, the up-to-then green developing fruit suddenly started to colour. I missed taking a pic.
Today I picked the fruit - and it should have been cut rather than twisted off the stem because I damaged the stem end in the process. PS: 4 March 2014 - since found that checking the softness of the stem indicates ripeness. When fully ripe, the fruit should be able to be hand-twisted off the stem without damaging the stem. Thank you to Susan Hayward for this information!
So here is that one red Dragon Fruit from flower:
Hand-pollinated at 1am ;-)
To developing fruit:
Now picked, one side is a little more coloured than the other:
And here it is in all its glory:
Delicious flavour just the tiniest bit tart on the skin side.
It needed a couple more days to sweeten fully … once it started to colour, the fruit was rubbery to the touch. I have already wasted most of one fruit because I left it too long and the fruit split and the local ants had a field day. So this time I picked it too soon ... next time!
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