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Picked the first one today after noticing it started to colour about 3 or 4 days ago (this is where a current garden diary would come in handy).

These are some ripening:

And this is the one we opened today:

It has a very tough very short stem - cut it rather than trying to twist it off. Remember the stem has spikes!

It looked red enough …

Don't know what the average weight is per fruit commercially.

And cut open, it looks fine:

But doesn't peel as well as a fully-ripe fruit will do - and tasted a tad tart, dang! another couple of days yet. I can see why the commercial growers count the days from pollination. Something like picking at 28 days for the supermarket and around 35 days for Food Connect or own eating. You can guess I did not make a note of when they were pollinated :-(

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Comment by Christine Cox on March 3, 2014 at 18:05

This blog and photos make me very envious.Since I have been following your blog I now have collected 6 plant cuttings. Yellow and red is the ones I have I think. Is that one in your photos a white Dragon fruit? I have eaten the flesh before but I didn't know what it was.

Comment by Elaine coolowl on March 3, 2014 at 19:54

Yes it is white-fleshed. Both red and white are very similar from the outside. Side-by-side the profile of the stems is a little different. So far the red-fleshed ones have not ripened but soon ...

Yellow is quite different so I hear. I don't grow that one. It is a more spiky plant with spikes on the fruit. But - get this - the spikes fall out when the fruit is ripe! They can be brushed off with the hand or a small brush.

You'll see how much space one plant takes up if you come to our GV - more than we thought (we'd only seen photos) and the plants are spiky enough to need to be careful working around them.

Comment by Susan on March 3, 2014 at 21:24
I'm wondering if you could just test it daily until it broke off in your hand? A lot of fruit is ripe when you can do that and I have picked some from a friends (tree?) long ago and seem to remember them just breaking off into my hand easily. Less effort than counting days from pollination. :)
Comment by Christine Cox on March 3, 2014 at 21:31
I will be there, looking forward to seeing your garden.
Comment by Elaine coolowl on March 3, 2014 at 23:25

That's a thought! There's little real info available just lots of general info. I recall twisting the first lot off yet these were very tough to cut - and under-ripe. Thanks! :-) 

Comment by Lissa on March 5, 2014 at 6:28

Lordy I'm not nearly so scientific lol. If I find one nice and red I cut it off and eat it. There are about half a dozen beautiful ripe fruit on the neighbours side of the fence that I can't reach :( They never come out into their little backyard when I'm there for me to alert them.

Would agree cutting from the stem rather than twisting. It's very fibrous and doesn't come away easily.

Comment by Florence on March 5, 2014 at 9:42

I think I read somewhere if it's red, and softer to the touch than the unripe ones, then it's ready... that's the instructions I gave to my husband's collegue who is in a rental with fruiting dragonfruit cactus or vine... or whatever you call it... they picked one for me to try and it was delicious ~

Comment by Elaine coolowl on March 5, 2014 at 11:13

Hmm, there's red and red - I tried all the red ones this morning and while they are simpler to move on the stem than the unripe ones, they are still hanging on grimly.

Comment by Lissa on March 6, 2014 at 5:25

Deep red. Like the ones in the shops.

Comment by Jodie Miller on March 21, 2014 at 16:42

My landlord grows two varieties and sells them to me for the shop.  Oh, the red one, and then the really red one.  I still like the white tho because it doesn't stain *everything* it touches.

They are beautiful Elaine.  They will keep ripening off the vine (if it's called that).

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