Ohana Express is a very rare hybrid from the variety that comes from Hylocereus polyrhizus Selenicereus megalanthus. This variety is a seedling grown from the Desert King variety. Desert King is a hybrid developed in Israel for commercial use (4126). Propagated in Hawaii, this is where Ohana Express gets its name. Spicy Exotics collected this Dragon Fruit variety from a grower in Hawaii.
Growth is three-sided and olive green in color., in appearance, is very similar to Yellow Dragon but thicker.
Like many Selenicereus species, this variety is nocturnal blooming with very fragrant blooms. Our first flowers occurred ten months after planting cuttings making Ohana Express the fasted cutting to flower Spicy Exotics has seen yet. Flowers are large-sized with minimal self-fertile pollen. Flower buds to flowers took 21 days. The flowers are white and yellow with yellow and deep red back petals when fully opened.
Fruits from Ohana Express were small in our first year in Louisiana, but well worth it. In year two they were slightly larger and even more abundant. Louisiana’s first fruits were tiny compared to fruits grown in Hawaii seen here. The exterior skin is red with tiny green-tipped fins. Thorns occur at the base of the fruit that can be brushed off easily before picking. Flower to fruit took 60 days to harvest with an average brix rating of 19.5. The fruit we tasted was one of the best Dragon Fruits ever. They were not too sweet but had a tangy berry flavor that lingered in your mouth wanting more. Check out our taste testing video here.