Condor Dragon Fruit comes from the genus Hylocereus and the species guatemalensis. This fruit is considered to be one of the better tasting varieties at the Pitaya Festival held in Southern California. This variety is a cross between a Nicaraguan and Guatemalan Pitahaya. Spicy Exotics collected this variety from a grower in California.
Cuttings adapt and grow quickly under ideal conditions. Growth is three-sided with small thorns that are very typical looking of Hylocereus guatemalensis. Single cuttings have reached over six feet growing just one summer. Due to this aggressive growth, heavy pruning is recommended.
The flowers and flower buds are very similar to other H. guatemalensis varieties with a white and yellow appearance that is typically 14 inches across. Flower open to fruit is 30 days in South Louisiana.
The fruit is large with bright purple flesh. The exterior skin is light green and pink hues with the green turning pinkish-red as the bright purple flesh becomes ripe. Weighing 1 to 1.5 pounds, the fruit also matches its appearance with flavor and sweetness with an average brix rating of 19.