This is the spectacular flower of the Red Dragon Fruit or Pitaya which has just recently flowered in my courtyard. It is a night flowering cactus. The fruit has highly ornamental pink skin & red flesh fruit containing numerous small black seeds. Fruit can be up to 1kg with a melon like flavour. It is a native to Mexico and Central and South America, but it is also widely cultivated in South East Asia. In recent times, this fruit can now be often found at fruit and vegetable shops and supermarkets in Australia. Having said that though, it is best when grown in your own garden as the fruit when it is fully ripe splits open revealing the flesh inside, which is a sign that it is sweet and ready to eat. Generally when you buy them, they are a disappointment as the fruit has not split open and therefore is not ripe enough to enjoy its full and delicious flavour. Below is a picture of the fruit.
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