Hylocereus undatus is the cactus plant which produces the Red Dragonfruit or Red Pitaya Fruit (also known as Red Pitahaya Fruit or the Strawberrypear cactus fruit). The Hylocereus undatus cactus plant is one of many cactus subspecies of the family Cactaceae. The Hylocereus undatus cactus plant grows more like a tropical vine in some regards than what may come to mind when one thinks of a cactus plant. If you are looking how to grow dragonfruit cactus, the foodlywise website pages on how to grow dragonfruit cactus can help. The Hylocereus undatus cactus (also known as the red dragonfruit cactus because its red skinned dragonfruit, red fleshed dragon fruit are what makes Hylocereus popular for cultivation) blooms only at night, blooming with huge fragrant blooms.
The Hylocereus undatus dragonfruit cactus fruits (also known as red pitaya fruit, or red pitahaya fruit or strawberrypear fruits) only comes after successful pollination of the Hylocereus undatus cactus blooms by nocturnal pollinators such as bats and moths, and the Hylocereus undatus dragonfruit cactus plant can be very fickle about pollination - even self pollinating Hylocereus undatus dragonfruit cactus plants can fail to create dragonfruit when they don't self pollinate properly.
The Hylocereus undatus dragonfruit benefits are many. Health benefits of dragonfruit are so varied because the Hylocereus undatus cactus fruits are highly nutritious, rich with antioxidants and dietary fiber as well as having a large amount of vitamin C. There are many ways to eat dragonfruit, and fortunately finding where to buy dragonfruit is not usually hard. Whether you buy dragon fruit fresh or dried dragon fruit, both the fresh and dried dragon fruit benefit you equally. The red fresh fruit of Hylocereus undatus is most commonly known as dragonfruit or dragon fruit (as two words). Dragonfruit is also commonly called Pitaya Fruit or Pitahaya Fruit (also Pitajaya Fruit) or Strawberry Pear. Dragonfruit is the most common name by far in English speaking countries.
In fact, Hylocereus undatus is not the only variety of cactus which bears fruits called dragonfruit. There are two other cactus which produce similar fruits and grow in similar conditions and with similar form. Thus, there are three varieties of dragonfruit, dragonfruit with red flesh and red skin, dragonfruit with yellow skin and white flesh, and dragonfruit with red skin and white flesh. All varieties have the flesh or dragonfruit pulp filled with lots of tiny black seeds which are edible with the fruit.
The health benefits of Hylocereus undataus dragonfruit are many and varied, including dragonfruit health benefits helping to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes. Dragonfruit vitamin C and dietary fiber are both positive nutritional benefits of dragonfruit among others.
The dragonfruit pages at Foodlywise.com will introduce you to all aspects of the dragonfruit including health benefits of dragonfruit and where to buy dragonfruit and tips on how to grow dragonfruit cactus (growing dragonfruit cactus can be very rewarding). You can also learn how to eat dragonfruit both dried dragonfruit and fresh dragonfruit.
Look for updated diabetes information at the improved dragon fruit health benefit pages at Foodlywise.com and stay tuned for some specific pages for the varieties of dragon fruit and the Pitaya Fruit and Pitahaya Fruit - although the Dragon Fruit information website will be the main website. A secondary Strawberrypear Foodlywise website and Dragon Fruit Pitaya as well as Dragon Fruit Pitahaya will be new domains to be filled out in the future.