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Wait The Peruvian Apple Cactus Produces Fruit? - Varnish + Vine

Wait The Peruvian Apple Cactus Produces Fruit?

When most people picture a cactus, they imagine a scorching hot desert landscape that's completely devoid of water, but in truth, there are many different species of cacti, and some of them even produce sweet, succulent fruit. The Peruvian Apple Cactus, in particular, produces a delicious fruit that's considered a delicacy in many regions.

In this brief article, we will shine a spotlight on the Peruvian Apple Cactus and answer some questions about it, including what it is, where it grows, and what its famous fruit tastes like.

What is the Peruvian Apple Cactus?

The Peruvian Apple Cactus, otherwise known by its fancy scientific name Cereus Repandus, is a species of succulent known for the delicious fruit it produces.

Where does the Peruvian Apple Cactus Grow?

The Peruvian Apple Cactus is native to South America, and grows most frequently in Peru, hence the name Peruvian. That said, the cactus can be found in other regions throughout the continent and even in parts of Central America. These days, the fruit of the Peruvian Apple Cactus is considered by many to be a delicacy and is exported all around the world.

What is kind of fruit does the Peruvian Apple Cactus grow?

Contrary to what the name might lead you to believe, the fruit of the Peruvian Apple Cactus is not an apple at all, but rather it’s much more similar to the dragon fruit common in south-east Asia. It contains seeds similar to a kiwi, and its texture is said to be both crunchy and juicy at the same time.

What does the fruit taste like?

Different people have different opinions about what the fruit of the Peruvian Apple Cactus tastes like. Although it’s difficult to describe the taste of something with words, most people say that it tastes either like the dragon fruit, to which we alluded earlier, or similar to sugarcane.

Of course, there are a few factors that contribute to the taste and the way people describe it, including whether or not the fruit was ripe when they tasted it, what other tropical fruits they’ve tasted to compare it to, and whether or not the person in question likes tropical fruit.

What can be said for certain is that the fruit has a distinct tartness and is also somewhat sweet, but the only way to know for sure what it tastes like is to try one for yourself.


Although most people think of cacti as being barren, spiky plants that only grow in the desert, the truth is that not all cacti fit that description. Many Cacti grow in various regions, and some even produce fruit. The Peruvian Apple Cactus is one such species that grows throughout South and Central America and produces a sweet fruit that many say tastes like sugarcane.

If you get the chance to try the fruit of a Peruvian Apple Cactus, then go for it and be sure to let us know what you think it tastes like.

1 comment

Judy Gant

Will these cactus thrive indoors? Is there a specific soil to use?

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