Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, tastes sweet and juicy with a flavor similar to kiwi, watermelon and pear. Its flesh is white with black seeds and is light-textured, similar to a melon. The rind is usually red, pink or purple with green scales that give the fruit its name.
While the variety most commonly called dragon fruit has white flesh, there are two sub-species of dragon fruit that have either red flesh and a red rind or white flesh with a yellow rind. These species are less commonly sold in the United States, though they are popular in Asia.