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- n. Plural form of pitaya.
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They are the fruit of Hylocereus undatus and related species, known as pitayas in Spanish.
Locals call some of the smaller cacti "pitayas," in reference to their sweet, pitaya fruit, "chilillos," referring to the tiny chile pepper-like fruit, or chivitos (literally, "little goats").
Many bisnagas and pitayas (cacti), including species of the genera Mammilaria, Coryphantha, Echinocereus and Echinocactus, are common in desert areas.
Cactus fruits, or tunas and pitayas, are great sweet desserts and snacks for those hot Mexican desert afternoons in the shade.
When you see all the wondeful pitayas being sold on the street you will know the rains are not very far behind. esperanza
Upon a table of polished balsam-wood stood several porous jars containing water; beside them, on a large silver waiter, were confections of several kinds; while heaped upon other dishes, also of solid silver, were fruits both of the tropic and temperate climes -- oranges, granadillas, limes, and pitayas, here brought together to tempt the appetite or assuage the thirst.