Country Roads Dragon Fruit variety comes from the genus Hylocereus and the species costaricensisis. Growing this variety side by side next to H. costaricensisis tells us they are very closely related, and many aspects are the same. Spicy Exotics collected this hybrid variety from a tropical grower in California.
Growth of Country Roads is extra large, three-sided with medium size spines along the rib. The growth is easily three times the size of typical Hylocereus species.
The flower buds emerge with a red outline on the edges of the bud. The night-blooming flowers are enormous at 15 inches and need assistance to set fruit as this variety is not self-pollinating. Because of this, it lacks a 5 rating in fruit production.
When the fruit is produced, they are about a pound with red flesh. This flesh has a firm texture with a tangy kiwi-type flavor. 2019 was our first fruit with this variety, and we were pleasantly surprised to see a brix rating of 20.5. The fruit has an attractive external appearance with a perfectly round shape, The red skin fading to green fins that protrude away and curl down from the fruit. 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.