Makisupa is a hybrid Dragon Fruit variety from Hylocereus undatus and Hylocereus polyrhizus. This variety was acquired from a grower in Florida.
The growth of Makisupa is similar to Lake Atitlan Red variety in size, shape, color, and thorns. Cuttings are immense and three-sided with medium-sized spins along the rib line. Another characteristic of this variety is the growth tends to curl and twist.
The flowers of Makisupa are large, measuring over 15 inches across, with white inner petals white and outer petals yellow, fading to red on the tips. In Louisiana, the flower opens a couple of hours after dusk and closes a couple of hours after sunrise. This variety is said to be self-fertile. However, the species Spicy Exotics collected needs cross-pollination to set fruit. Spicy Exotics would recommend using any pollen except pollen from another red-fleshed species.
This Dragon Fruit variety is an excellent red fleshed fruit with a sweet yet slightly astringent taste. The fruit is attractive, having short green fins spindled around the reddish-pink skin. Fruits are medium to large, weighing one to one and a quarter pounds with semi-firm flesh and an average brix rating of 15. Juicing is an excellent option due to its larger size and flesh consistency. This fruit is high in lycopene, a natural antioxidant known to fight cancer and heart disease. 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.