The fruits grow on long, thin, vining cactuses that are often seen growing up trees, fences or walls. On the outside, red dragon fruits look almost identical to the white-fleshed variety, the magenta flesh is the result of betacyanin, the same pigment that gives beetroots their colour.
The dragon fruit plant has also been nicknamed The Belle of the Night, Cinderella plant, Night Blooming Cereus, Queen of the Night, and Moonflower, as its flowers only bloom for one night each year. During the short window overnight, the large, extremely fragrant flowers are pollinated by moths, bats, or by hand, although some varieties can self-pollinate. Despite the short-lived flowers, the plant will bear fruit about 4-6 times each year.
The juicy, spongy yet dense pulp offers a subtle sweet flavour with notes of berry, pear, kiwi, and watermelon, sometimes with just a hint of sourness. The white flesh dragon fruit is the less sweeter of the 3 varieties, the red dragon fruit has a subtle sweetness with a mild acidity flavour whilst the yellow dragon fruit has a crisp, juicy texture and very sweet, tropical flavour with floral hints and no acidity.
The dragon fruits will arrive ready to eat and will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge