Bruni Dragon Fruit is a hybrid variety from Hylocereus stenopterus and Hylocereus undatus. It is one of three hybrid clones created by German hybridizer Eckhard Meier. The other two siblings are Connie Mayer and Kathie Van Arum. Spicy Exotics aquired this variety from a tropical nursery in California.
The growth is very tender and three-sided, which is typical of Hylocereus. The tenderness comes from the mother plant, Hylocereus stenopterus. Spines are often tiny single thorns that are similar to their sister clone Connie Mayer.
The flower of Bruni is a medium-sized bloom with inner petals being purple shading to light pink edges and white tips. Before flowering, the flower bud is equally impressive. In Louisiana, the flower opens at dusk and closes at sunrise. When compared to other varieties, this is much earlier. One downside to Bruni is it is self-sterile but will set fruit with pollen from different varieties that do not contain the stenopterus gene.
Fruits are small and plentiful, often weighing .25 to .75 pounds. The green skin, when ripe, has a transparent pink color with lemon-lime green fins and white flesh. The longer the fruit is on the vine, the sweeter it is. In Louisiana, this took 45 days compared to 30 days for other Hylocereus species. Testing results in 2016 had a Brix rating as high as 21.3. The flavor profile was a rosy floral and very yummy. This Dragon Fruit is excellent eaten fresh, in jams, as a garnish, or as juice in drinks. Check out our Pinterest page for other great uses of this variety.