Read the Best way to eat dragonfruit (aka pitaya) discussion from the Chowhound Home Cooking, Fruit food community. Join the discussion Pitaya is best when picked ripe or let it ripen and sweeten. By the way, if you grow. Jaqueesha demonstrates how to prepare and eat a dragonfruit. To prepare the dragonfruit you will need a knife, plate and paper towel. How to Tell if a Dragon Fruit Is Ripe. Dragon fruit, or pitaya, are cactus fruit that come in three types. They can have either red or yellow biosphaere.infog: dip. To choose a ripe dragon fruit, look for bright, even-colored skin. A few blemishes on the skin are normal, but if the fruit has a lot of blotches, Missing: dip. Want to know what dragon fruit, caviar, saffron and more exotic foods taste like? We're answering the most-Googled flavor questions! Next, cut the fruit straight down the middle into two halves. Then, cut each half in half again, so you have four pieces. When ripe, the dragon fruit.