The Trinidad Dragon Fruit is a variety of the pitaya fruit, also known as dragon fruit. This variety is native to Trinidad (some sources claim that it was bred in California) and is known for its unique taste and health benefits.
One of the most distinctive features of the Trinidad dragonfruit is its bright red skin and white flesh. It has a slightly sweeter taste than other pitaya varieties and is often described as having a combination of kiwi and strawberry flavors.
In addition to its delicious taste, the Trinidad Dragon Fruit is also very nutritious. It is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, making it a great addition to any diet. It is also low in calories, making it a great option for those trying to maintain a healthy weight.
|Plant type:||Fruiting cactus vine|
|Light requirements:||Full Sun, part shade in warmer climates|
|Self-pollinating:||No. This variety needs to be crossed with other varieties|
|Taste:||Delicious sweet taste|
|Zone hardiness:||Outdoors 9-11 (frost protection until established). Patio / greenhouse zone 4a-11|
|Flavor:||4 out of 5|
|Appearance:||4 out of 5|
|Growing:||4 out of 5|
The Trinidad Dragon Fruit is also rich in fiber, which can help with digestion and regulate blood sugar levels. It also contains high levels of vitamin C, which can help boost the immune system and protect against infections.
This pitaya sort is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Furthermore, the Trinidad Dragon Fruit is also a great source of hydration, it is a high water content fruit which makes it a great option for people who are looking for a refreshing and hydrating snack.
There is rather little information about this variety in the literature and on the Internet:
H. extensus (Salm-Dyck) B&R. TRINIDAD. Stem usually creeps over the ground, is green, 1.5 to 3 cm wide, has three angles, ribs that are hard to see, is round, woolly, and often has bristles. Spines that are 1 to 2 cm long and dark brown. Large, sweet-smelling flower with narrow, greenish-yellow outer petals with red edges and tips and pink to rose-red inner petals with thin stigma lobes.
One source says that this species blooms during the day, which means that it is diurnal.
H. lemairei (Hook.) Trinidad and Tobago. The stem is thin, has three angles, is 2–3 cm wide, and is green to dark green. The ribs are almost straight and not homey. Areoles are about 2 to 2.5 cm apart. The two spines are very short, thick at the base, and brown. Flower is 27 cm long, outer petals are 1 cm wide and hang down, edges are slightly turned up, and the flower is yellowish green with a purple tip. The base of the inner petals is pink and the tops are white. Only one of two species has stigma lobes that are bifid, or split at the ends. The purple fruit is oblong and about 6 to 7 cm wide. The pulp is white and often splits.
And such a mention:
H. trinitatensis (Lemaire) Berg. TRINIDAD. Stem is wide and three-sided. Spines are different from H. lemairei.
It seems that it is impossible to pinpoint a single true variety called Trinidad (people call different varieties that way, including sorts that are not cultivated and are only found in the wild).
In conclusion, the Trinidad Dragon Fruit is a delicious and nutritious variety of the pitahaya fruit that is native to Trinidad. Its unique taste and health benefits make it a great addition to any diet. Due to its high water content and low calorie content is a great option for people who are looking for a refreshing and hydrating snack, and also due to its high antioxidant, vitamins and minerals content is great for the overall health.