Sure enough, the flower opened on the 15th February but it was different from the other cactus flowers and I had a feeling that after 9 years we were finally going to see some fruit.
The changes were slow for a number of weeks ...
...and I was trying to be patient.
The CEO said they tasted like perfume but others online had raved about them so I was quite keen to have a taste.
I really had no idea when was the right time to pick it so watched a few YouTube videos including this one How to Pick and Eat a Dragonfruit and When is it ripe? Dragonfruit.
In the last video it is explained that there are three types of Dragonfruit, the red skinned red flesh variety, the red skinned white flesh variety and the yellow skinned white flesh one. The red flesh Dragonfruit is a round shape whereas the red skinned white flesh variety, which we have, is more an oval shape.
A friend said the birds would get stuck into it when it is ripe so I covered it for a week or so until I was fairly sure it was ready to pick as it had a bit of 'give' when I pressed on it and had been warned in one of the videos not to let it get to the wrinkly stage as it would then be overripe.
Inside it was definitely a purple colour which was quite pretty in contrast to the white flesh dotted with black seeds.
I scooped some out and there was a lot of juice. Then it was time for the taste test!
I know you are waiting for me to say it had an absolutely exotic taste in keeping with its appearance but sadly, while it didn't taste like perfume, it actually didn't taste at all. LOL! I couldn't believe it. So I cut it up and added it to some Greek style natural yoghurt and we all polished it off that way as it does have a number of health benefits which you can read about in this article 7 Amazing Benefits of Dragonfruit. It also says in that article that it is an 'exotic and delicious fruit'. Perhaps it is like tamarillos and the red flesh one is tastier than the orange one or maybe it is more tasty if grown in tropical areas...does anyone know?
Nine years is a long time to wait if anyone is planning on growing this fruit but then again, as I mentioned before, we do live in a cool temperature climate and they are a tropical fruit. You might have more success where you live. Let me know if you do :-)