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Guillaume Bernier

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Pink Dragon Fruit: Varieties and Characteristics

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    Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya pitahaya,  is a tropical fruit known for its unique appearance and health benefits. Originating from the cactus species Hylocereus, this fruit is a staple in Southeast Asia and has gained popularity worldwide. Among its varieties, the pink dragon fruit, including the red dragon fruit, stands out for its vibrant color and delightful taste. This article delves into some of the most popular pink dragon fruit varieties, exploring their characteristics and origins.

    What does pink dragon fruit taste like?

    Pink dragon fruit has a unique taste profile that varies slightly among different varieties. Generally, it has a mildly sweet and slightly tangy flavor, often described as a cross between a kiwi and a pear. The texture is similar to that of a kiwi, with small, crunchy seeds. Some varieties, like the Cosmic Charlie, have a more pronounced sweetness with berry-like undertones, while others, such as the Asunta 4, offer a subtle tanginess.

    A list of dragon fruit generally associated with the pink type:

    1. American Beauty - Hylocereus guatemalensis

    American Beauty is a type of dragon fruit, scientifically known as Hylocereus guatemalensis, that is known for its bright pink skin and deliciously sweet and juicy flesh. It is a favorite among dragon fruit lovers for its unique taste and appearance. This tropical fruit is native to Central America and grows best in warm climates, usually bearing fruit during the summer and fall seasons.

    2. Cosmic Charlie – H. guatemalensis X H. undatus

    Cosmic Charlie is a unique variety in the dragon fruit family, resulting from a hybrid between H. guatemalensis and H. undatus. It is particularly famous for its exceptional sweetness and delicious flavor that blends berry and pear notes. The fruit has a striking red skin with green scales, and its pink interior is speckled with tiny seeds.

    3. Ax – Hylocereus stenopterus X H. guatemalensis

    Ax is a hybrid of Hylocereus stenopterus and H. guatemalensis. The fruit is known for its elongated shape and vibrant pink skin. Its flesh is sweet and crunchy, making it popular for fresh eating and smoothies.

    4. Asunta 4 – H. stenopterus X H. guatemalensis

    Asunta 4 is another hybrid of H. stenopterus and H. guatemalensis. It boasts a unique flavor that combines sweetness with a slight tanginess. The fruit has a beautiful pink exterior and a white interior with black seeds.

    5. Halleys Comet – H. undatus X H. guatemalensis

    Halleys Comet, a cross between H. undatus and H. guatemalensis, is renowned for its large size and striking appearance. The fruit has a bright pink skin and a juicy, red interior. It is exceptionally sweet and is often used in desserts and beverages.

    6. Physical Graffiti – H. guatemalensis X H. undatus

    Physical Graffiti is another popular hybrid between H. guatemalensis and H. undatus. This variety is known for its deep pink skin and equally vibrant pink flesh. The taste is both sweet and slightly tart, making it a versatile choice for culinary uses.

    7. La Verne Red – H. guatemalensis X

    La Verne Red is a hybrid primarily involving H. guatemalensis. This variety is distinguished by its deep red skin and flesh. It offers a balance of sweetness and acidity, making it a refreshing choice for a hot summer day.


    Pink and red dragon fruit varieties are not just visually stunning but also offer a range of flavors and textures. Each variety has unique characteristics, making them a delightful addition to the diet of fruit lovers. Whether eaten fresh, used in smoothies, or incorporated into desserts, these dragon fruit varieties from Southeast Asia bring a tropical flair and nutritional benefits to any dish.