Neitzel dragon fruit

Neitzel dragon fruit dragon fruit

The Hylocereus Undatus hybrid – “Neitzel” is a self-pollinating, very fertile plant that makes a lot of up to 1 lb. fruits with white pulp and a smooth, tasty texture.


Named for Jim Neitzel of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association. Great for making drinks or smoothies with fresh fruit. This kind is great when scooped out with a spoon like ice cream! Huge night blooms that are more than 15″ across.

The same soil as Epis, but the roots like shade and the top growth needs full sun to bloom well. If you live near the coast, it can take full sun. Blooms all summer. After blooming, fruits form, and depending on the weather, they are usually ready by late summer or fall.

Plant type:Perennial vine, fruit
Outdoor:Zone 10-11
Patio:Zone 4a-11
Soil type:Rich moist
Size:H: 4'-10'; W: 3'
Flower color:White
Flower season:Spring
Flavor:4 out of 5
Appearance:5 out of 5
Production:3 out of 5
Home planting:4 out of 5
Commercial planting:3 out of 5


George Emerich Jr. gave the first hybrids to P. Thomson. He had sown hybrids of H. undatus that had been pollinated by H. polyrhizus.

The first hybrids P. Thomson got were named “Neitzel” and “Rixford.” They were made by crossing two species he didn’t know much about. The pulp in Rixford is red.

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The hybrids of P. Thomson are called “Seedling” followed by a number (7-S for example). Between 1998 and 2000, all of these hybrids gave fruit.


Neitzel White Dragon Fruit makes red fruits with green tips. The inside of the fruit is white and tastes good and is refreshing. Neitzel White is a great variety with a mid-high yield and self-pollination. It is small and weighs between 0.3 and 0.7 lbs. The best way to eat them is cold and out of hand, or as a garnish. This variety is self pollinating.

Neitzel ripe dragon fruit photo

This is a Hylocereus hybrid that is easy to grow and grows well with almost no spots. It blooms and makes fruit reliably, usually in the middle of summer, and likes the heat. Roots easy just like Epiphyllums.


Which dragon fruit is best?
The yellow dragonfruit, also called the yellow pitahaya (Hylocereus megalanthus), is the sweetest and tastiest of all the dragon fruits. This type of dragon fruit is one of the most popular because of how good it tastes. The red pitahaya is a bit bigger than the yellow one, but the yellow one is sweeter and has more juice.
How can you tell if a dragon fruit is ripe?
Dragonfruit that is ready to eat is bright pink and has smooth skin. Dragon fruit shouldn't be as hard as a rock. Instead, let it get a little bit riper until the flesh gives a little bit, like an avocado that is ready to eat. If the dragon fruit is soft, it's too ripe.
How do you properly cut a dragon fruit?
Lay the dragon fruit on its side on a cutting board with the fruit on top. Cut the fruit in half lengthwise with a sharp chef's knife, starting at the top and working your way down to the stem. Use a big spoon to get the meat out. You can cut the meat into slices or cubes of any size you want.
Can you freeze dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit won't go bad if you freeze it, but the texture and taste change a little bit. Don't freeze your dragon fruit if you want it to stay firm and have a fresh taste. The fruit is best used in smoothies and other foods that are pureed without first letting it defrost.
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