Jamaican Dragon Fruit variety is a Hylocereus genus and a undatus species. This variety was collected on the Eastern part of the Island of Jamaica, and this is where it gets its name. Spicy Exotics collected this variety from a tropical grower in California.
The plant of Jamaican is typical to undatus growth in size and shape. The stems are segmented and three-sided with small thorns. Segments can get long. However, they are very sturdy seen here.
Flowers of this variety are also typical of undatus and are self-fertile. This variety is considered a universal pollinator as its pollen can pollinate just about any variety of Dragon Fruit. The flowers are largest when fully open a few hours after sunset and close a couple of hours after sunrise. The bloom period, like most undatus varieties, is Summer and Fall. So don’t count on this pollen for those early bloomers.
The fruits weigh about one pound with red skin and green fins. From flower bud to fruit, it took 45 days. The flesh color is white throughout with a firm texture. The first fruit we tested had a brix of 15.2 with good flavor and a surprisingly sweet aftertaste. We look forward to the future years with this variety as we expect it to have larger and sweeter fruit.
In summary, if your a beginner and can’t decide on a variety, look no further; Jamaican is for you, Mon!