Hana Dragon Fruit variety comes from the genus Hylocereus and the species monacanthus. This variety was collected on the road to Hana on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Click here to see this variety growing in its natural environment. The stems of this variety differ from other Hylocereus species being thinner with long thorns. This variety is also a super-fast grower, growing over 6 feet per year. Cut to fruit took 14 months, making it one of the quickest fruit types at Spicy Exotics in under two years. Spicy Exotics collected this variety from a grower in Hawaii.
Flowers from this variety are unique, with a typical white fading to a soft pink base. See our pictures on this page for a detailed view. When blooming during nighttime, a sweet fragrance fills the air. The fruit is small, but some fruit can weigh over a pound. A surprise was the taste of the fruit. It is similar to a sweet melon with a floral or rosy aftertaste and an average brix rating of 18. In 2020 we found that larger fruit had and even better brix results in the low 20s.
These three characteristics (stem, flower, and fruit taste) make this variety stand out from other Hylocereus undatus. This variety is self-fertile and a great source of pollen for pollinating different types of Dragon Fruit.