When testing for sweetness of a Dragon Fruit a device called a refractometer is used.
It uses the brix scale of sweetness. This scale ranges from 0 to 32. The higher the number the sweeter the fruit.
Remember, In addition to sweetness there are many unique attributes to flavor profile other than sugar content.
According to our research here are the top 10 sweetest varieties reported by growers around the world and their brix score: This list will be updated from time to time as new varieties will be tasted and reported.
So many amazing varieties out there that score between 16 to 40 on the Brix meter.
To name a few: Delight, La Verne, American Beauty, Dark Star, Connie Mayer, Cosmic Charlie, Physical Graffiti, Tricia, Asunta 4 and many more great flavored varieties out there you can check them out here
Harrisia also known as applecactus and moonlight cactus is a genus of night blooming cacti. This plant is native to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and the U.S. with a few of the varieties considered endangered.
The genus is named after William Harris, who was an important botanist of Jamaica. There are about 20 species Producing pink or yellow skinned fruit with white flesh.
Some varieties can get to a height of 20 ft. however most stay under 10 ft. The stems can be simple or branched, some are rounded and other four sided and most stems have spines (some varieties more than others). The flowers are 6-7” long and the round fruit is 2”-4” in diameter. The white flesh has brix average of 11-14.
Harrisia cactus will not tolerate extended period of frost; they can survive to a minimum of 24°F
At Dragon’s Alley Nursery we are currently growing Harrisia Brookii. We are looking forward to growing these unique plant and we will keep you updated on the progress in this blog.
Harrisia Species include:
About Harrisia Brookii
Harrisia brookii grows erect forming a many-branched structure. The main stems are up to 15ft in height/length. Stem typically 10 ridged with deep fissures between ridges. The areoles occur along the stem approximately 1” apart with 6 to 12 spines some reaching about 1” in length.
The flowers open at night and are up to 10” in length.
There are numerous stamens. The ovary is inferior and has numerous seeds. The fruit is a berry bearing small tubercles and areoles with white hairs. At maturity the fruit is yellow/white and is the size of a softball. The fruit of other species in the genus are known to be edible, we are hoping to have a chance to try it in the near future.
Harrisia brookii is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but is under supervision in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.
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