I first encountered dragon fruit in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. It was a strikingly colourful fruit with not a lot of flavour, but when I discovered someone selling plants at our local Farmers Market I thought I'd have a go growing them.
Dragon fruit is a succulent, originally from Central America, and not dissimilar to a zygocactus, which means it makes for a strikingly ornamental plant even if it didn't produce anything of substance. It thrives really well in a frost free environment, puts down deep roots, and loves the sun. Perfect for Geraldton weather!
Once a year it begins to put out flower spikes. They start out as little buds
That get bigger
Until they are phallus like.
And then in the dark of night they do this:
If that isn't a dragon breathing fire.....
By the morning that beautiful ephemeral vision has gone
And for the next six to eight weeks you need to wait patiently for the spike to fatten up
and turn pink.
Then pick, slice open and tuck in!
It's not an excitingly tasty fruit, a bit of a cross between a passionfruit and a kiwi fruit, but it is juicy and quite refreshing.
And what a journey!