Edgar Dragon Fruit variety comes from the genus Hylocereus and the species polyrhizus. This variety was previously known as Red ES1, with “E” standing for Edgar and S1 for Seedling 1. Spicy Exotics collected this variety from a grower in California.
This variety is a robust grower with large three-sided stems that are bright green. Small spins occur in each branch where they are the first point of contact. Growth is similar to Lake Atitlan Red and Makisupa Dragon Fruit varieties, but the fruits are different.
Edgar Dragon fruit flowers are abundant, fragrant, and self-sterile with lots of pollen that can be used for crossing other Dragon Fruit varieties. The flowers are at their largest when fully open a few hours after sunset, then close a couple of hours after sunrise. Flowering starts as early as March, depending on the weather, but typically we see first buds in May. Flower bud to flower open took 20 days.
This variety produces an excellent size fruit typically weighing 1 to 1 and a half pounds that is oval-shaped. The external appearance of the fruit is dark red with green-tipped fins. The inner flesh is a bright red purplish color with a firm texture that has excellent flavor. The first fruit tested in 2019 had an average brix score of 16. However, where this variety may lack a high brix score, it makes up for it in the size and flavor category. For these two features alone, we would consider using it as a commercial crop candidate.