How to Eat a Star Fruit

Fresh harvested Star Fruits / Carambolas from my Philippines garden.
Fresh harvested Star Fruits / Carambolas from my Philippines garden. | Source

Do you have a Star Fruit tree in your garden and you don´t know what to do with all the fruits without selling them? Well I did have this problem before I intended to cut the branches of our Star Fruit tree, with all the fruits hanging on it. We could not eat them all. My siblings and other relatives who are living nearby have enough of these fruits. I was not into selling these fruits as there were a lot of brown spots around the skin. Not so much though, but still nobody would have bought them due to the appearance. It was not always like that when the tree was still young. Our Star Fruit tree has given us shadows and a sort of shelter from the heat of the sun as it is located near our balcony.

Anyway, after the branches were cut off, the tree looked bald and empty. The Star Fruits, starfruits or Carambolas (as they are called in other countries) were still hanging on their branches when I decided to do something to savor the fruits. So I collected the not so bad fruits and discarded the rotten ones into my newly made compost. I would say, I harvested more or less 5 kilos of Star Fruits. Enough to make loads of smoothies, milk shakes, fruit salads and whatever comes into my mind. In a few months our Star Fruit tree will give fruits again.

Star Fruit / Carambola Tree

Star Fruit  / Carambola Tree
Star Fruit / Carambola Tree | Source

Things To Know About Star Fruit


A Starfruit or star fruit is a tropical fruit which is native in the Pacific, Latin America, some American countries, in the Philippines and other Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia. A Star Fruit is also called Carambola or Balimbing. It has five ridges on the sides, around 2 to 5 inches long and the fruit looks like a star when it is cut crosswise. The color is green when it is not ripe and golden yellow when it´s ripe. It taste crunchy, juicy and delicious. It taste sour when it is unripe. When it is ripe, it has a combination of taste. It has a mild sourness of a green apple and a sweetness of a ripe pineapple or a watermelon. It has approximately 35 calories that is why it is a good support when having a diet.

Star Fruit

Star Fruit, Carambola or Balimbing
Star Fruit, Carambola or Balimbing | Source

Sliced Carambola or Star Fruits

Sliced Star Fruit, Carambola or Balimbing
Sliced Star Fruit, Carambola or Balimbing | Source

How to Eat a Star Fruit


When eating a Star Fruit, be sure to eat the ripe one as the green ones taste a bit bitter and sour.

  1. Wash the Star Fruit first.
  2. With the use of a sharp knife, cut both ends of the fruit.
  3. Cut the brown ridges of the fruit if there are any.
  4. Cut the Star Fruit crosswise into desired sizes. You´ll see it looks like a star when it´s cut.
  5. Get rid of the seeds. Enjoy!


Healthy Star Fruit Smoothie

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Star Fruit / Carambola and  Papaya SmoothieStar Fruit / Carambola and Papaya Smoothies
Star Fruit / Carambola and  Papaya Smoothie
Star Fruit / Carambola and Papaya Smoothie | Source
Star Fruit / Carambola and Papaya Smoothies
Star Fruit / Carambola and Papaya Smoothies | Source

Ways to eat a Star Fruit


There are many ways you can eat a Star Fruit.

  1. By just dipping it in a saucer of salt and eating it. This is how we eat Star Fruit in the Philippines.
  2. By eating it with sugar. For those who don´t like salt on a Star Fruit.
  3. By eating it with another fruits like mango, pineapple, papaya as fruit salads.
  4. By making smoothies or milk shakes.
  5. By making an ice cream together with other fruits.
  6. By making Star Fruit jam.
  7. By using the cut Star Fruit as a decoration in a dessert and in other menu.

If you have any advice for me what fertilizer I can use, so that my Star Fruit tree will produce healthy fruits without a lot of brown spots on the skin in the future, please tell me. It would be a great help. Thank you.

Star Fruits, Carambolas or Balimbing

Star Fruits / Carambolas / Balimbing
Star Fruits / Carambolas / Balimbing | Source

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Star Fruits hanging on the branches.
Star Fruits hanging on the branches. | Source

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Bastinck 4 years ago from The Netherlands

I like starfruit, I have eaten it even in your house. It is good that you point this piece of delicious nature to people. Carry on.


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Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

Interesting! I've seen these at the store but never knew what to do with them. Great hub! Voted up!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Bas! I´m glad you like star fruit. I´m sure there will be another holiday in the future for you and my sis to eat our star fruits. Thanks for stopping by.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Kimberly Vaughn! Nice meeting you here. Thanks for your visit and for your comment. Have a nice day!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So interesting and useful.

Eddy.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for your visit Eiddwen. Have a lovely day!


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Hi Thelma thanks for sharing Balimbing! I miss this fruit and I remember the times to gather them and just eat them under the tree.

Enjoyed it and have a nice day! :-)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for your comment ignugent. I think we have the same experience in our childhood regarding harvesting Balimbing or Star Fruit and eating them fresh under this fruit tree. Have a nice weekend!


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lifetips123 4 years ago from Trivandrum

Thanks alot Thelma for reminding me about this fruit.As a part of my job, i used to visit Hotal Taj and once, during my morning walk inside this hotel, i saw this gorgeous and beautiful fruit and thought of getting that fruit and i managed to get on the top of that small tree and got some fruits to eat. some are really ripe and yellow colour and got a particular sour taste also. Suddenly, my foot slipped and before getting full enjoyment of the fruit, i broke my leg.:))))). But anyway, that was a great experience with this fruit and i will never forget. thanks alot THelma and ignugent.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi lifetips! Sorry about your accident harvesting star fruit. I hope your leg is ok now. You have a story to tell about to your grandchildren. I hope you still like star fruit. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!


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lifetips123 4 years ago from Trivandrum

Affirmative Thelma.Your hub reminded me alot about my travel. It was a great life.Anyway, thanx alot for putting this useful and beautiful hub.keep in touch as i need ur comments in all my future coming hubs as u r a big gun in this field.Also voted up and useful


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lifetips123 4 years ago from Trivandrum

Hi Thelma, thanks for your comment. But i got something to say. You said u clicked useful and thumps up right? but it was not reflected in my account. Can u check it once again and give that if you dont mind. I have give u thumbs up and useful k.Anyway nice meeting with you, sister


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Welcome back again lifetips123. Thanks for your complement.

I don´t get your last comment. I don´t think that when I commented useful and thumps up in your hub, it will appear in your account unless I clicked on the useful or the thumbs up. What title of your hub did I say useful and thumbs up? So, I can check it. Have a good day!


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lifetips123 4 years ago from Trivandrum

HI, "HOW TO MAKE ORGANIC CULTIVATION EASY?"

You commented this hub "Thelma Alberts 2 days ago from Germany Level 7 Commenter

Thanks for this informative hub. I´m planting different kinds of fruits and vegetables and this is a great help. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful."


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lifetips123 4 years ago from Trivandrum

HI, "HOW TO MAKE ORGANIC CULTIVATION EASY?"

You commented this hub "Thelma Alberts 2 days ago from Germany Level 7 Commenter

Thanks for this informative hub. I´m planting different kinds of fruits and vegetables and this is a great help. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful."


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

I´ve checked my comment in your hub and I have clicked on the thumbs up and useful. As you wish, lifetips. Good day!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Awesome ideas Thelma! The fruit salad with star fruit included would be delicious and colorful too :) Vote up and sharing. Keep up the great work


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mpropp 4 years ago from Minnesota

Very interesting. We are not able to grow these in my state and I've seen them in the grocery store, but wasn't sure how to prepare them or eat them. Still, we've always wanted to try it and now I know how to prepare them. I believe they are quite expensive here, since they have to get imported. Thanks for the information!


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epus 4 years ago from Philippines

There are many star fruit in the Philippines. Who wants this fruit? Very nice hub and I really enjoyed it.


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lifetips123 4 years ago from Trivandrum

So nice of you, sister. Keep in touch.


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pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

Now I'm craving for it, ^_^! When I was a kid, (together with my cousins) we usually ate star fruit or "balimbing" while lying under the tree...


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go-barbara-go 4 years ago

I wonder why we never sell star fruit in the market, or maybe I was not able to see them sold by chance.

I'll be glad to try the balimbing shake next season, but I guess I'll always enjoy the traditional salt in one hand and balimbing on the other.

Voted up!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you for everything Christy. I appreciate your encouragement. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Star fruit is very expensive in Germany that´s why I just keep my cravings for this fruit until I´ll be able to go home for a holiday in the Philippines, just like at the moment. It costs €1.99 in Germany but in my home garden, it kosts nothing and nobody is eating these fruits besides me. My relatives did not even know that this fruit is healthy. I have not even seen a shop whose selling star fruit here.

Nice to meet you mpropp. Thanks for your visit. Happy Thanksgiving Day!


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epus 4 years ago from Philippines

Go-Barbara,

I like it when you said, Balimbing. This is our term in Philippines. I enjoyed this one with my grandma in our backyard. I got a basket of these and my younger brothers ate with me.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

@ epus,

We have a lot of Balingning in the Philippines. It´s our local fruit and the people had enough of this fruit that´s why these fruits are not very interesting to our fellowmen unlike in other countries. Thanks for your comment.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

@ lifetips123: You´re welcome.

@Pinkhawk:

We happened to experience the same. I too, used to sit under the star fruit tree with my friends while eating these fruits. It was a happy time. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

I have not seen star fruits sold in the Philipine markets, either. I´ve been looking for one because I forgot to leave one Balimbing for me to cut for my articles in HP. I think, the shops don´t sell it here ( Phil.) for nobodys going to buy.

I think one hand with star fruit and on the other hand with salt is a typical Pinoy way of eating this fruit. Thanks for your comment go-barbara-go.


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Bastinck 4 years ago from The Netherlands

We are talking about starfruit and x-mas but are not preparing for it yet as you do in the Philipines. We have Sint Maarten first, then Sinterklaas and then x-mas. Days are getting darker and more grim over here. Good times to read good books.


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epus 4 years ago from Philippines

Thelma,

Right. I like that time when I am ready to eat Balimbing with a salt in my hand and climbing on a tree. It feels like one with nature.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Bas, you are right. Christmas decorations are early in the Philippines. Starfruit is almost out of season and another fruits are coming to the shops. Thanks for your visit. Have a great week!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Me, too epus. I agree with you;-)


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epus 4 years ago from Philippines

I am really enjoying this hub. You guys sound like one big family. Anyway, we are like a family of writers here in hubpages. For me, Balimbing or star fruit is the best fruit.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I often see star fruit at the market and rarely buy it. Now I'm going to add it to my shopping list. Thank you! It really is a delicious fruit.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for stopping by vespawoolf. I hope you´ll love this fruit. Have a great day!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting about star fruit and how to eat this different fruit


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for stopping by DDE. Have you eaten this fruit before? It´s delicious and has a lot of health benefits. Try it. Have a lovely day!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

One of my childhood fruit. We used to have a lot of starfruits on our backyard, on our neighbors yard and although very sour, we still love the fruit.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Mine, too. But the weird (for non- Filipino) thing is, we eat the sour starfruits with salt, won´t we? Thanks for your visit, spy;-)


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Thelma!

Wow, what a coincidence, I have a hub in edit mode i picked awhile ago on Star fruit so would love to link this if I may, it is fab! Loved your pics and story about picking them. Great recipe ideas, everything covered! Voted Up, Useful, Interesting, shared and pinned!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

I have eaten starfruits. My mum has it in her garden in India. I have just eaten it plain. Maybe next time I should try it in different recipes. Passing the ideas to mum.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Votes up and sharing!


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Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Not my favorite but I have eaten it with salt in my younger days. However, I like to use them as garnishing material.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

I found this hub very intriguing because I've never tasted this fruit. I'm wondering if there is a comparison of flavors to another fruit, which would give me a better idea of it. In fact, if so I would suggest you add that to your hub for all to read.

Is it sour? sweet? or does it taste like a kiwi fruit? That's what it reminds me of. Thanks for sharing this information-captivating.

UP/U/I and sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Suzie! Of course you can link this hub to yours. I appreciate that. This star fruit tree is having it's leaves again. I think in a few months, I can harvest and enjoy the fruits again. Thanks for everything, from voting to pinning;-) Have a lovely week;-)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Livingsta!

When I was a kid in the Philippines, I have eaten this star fruit only with salt. Going to other countries and reading online had thought me how I can enjoy this fruit in different ways such as in a fruit salad, smoothies and even in ice cream. So you can try this, too. I hope your mother will like this recipe. Thanks for stopping by;-)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Anamika,

I see you eat star fruit in India like in the Philippines. That is with salt. Almost every fruit is eaten with salt in my home country. Now I wonder why;-) I have to find it out, lol^.^ Thanks for dropping by.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Denise,

Thanks for reminding me this. I see I have missed to mentioned how star fruit taste. I put it in my hub later. The taste is a combination of a mild sourness of a green apple and has a sweetness of a ripe pineapple or a watermelon. That's how I can taste it. Others might describe the taste with another fruit combination. The unripe star fruit is of course sour.

Thanks for dropping by and reminding me of what I have missed. I appreciate that. Have a great week;-)


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Marsha Musselman1 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

We sell star fruits at the grocery store where I work, but I didn't know that much about it and haven't tried them yet. I have blended papaya and mango's, but I never thought about adding star fruit to the mixture. Nor did I know when they are ripe.

Thanks for the information, I'll have to try them soon.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Marsha! Nice to meet you here. You can use starfruits with whatever fruits you like. Just spread a bit lemon juice on it so the starfruit will not get brown. I hope you´ll like the mixture of these fruits. Thanks for stopping by and for following me. Have a lovely sunday!


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

Thelma,

I bought starfruit once and ate it my way. I tried to peel it, but ended up making a juicy mess. I eventually cut one across as you have shown and discovered why they are called "star fruit." Mine was yellow, and I assumed that it was ripe. It was interesting and different. I had never seen a green one until I viewed your pictures. Now that I know ways to eat star fruit, maybe I will buy more if I see them at the market. Thanks for sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Levertis,

I have eaten a yellow star fruit here in Germany and the green ones in the Philippines. It was another kind of star fruit but still the same, a bit sweeter than the local Philippines variety. Thanks for sharing me your experience about this fruit. I appreciate that. Have a lovely weekend!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Thelma, the star fuit looks lovely and I bet is healthy as well. Thanks for sharing this useful write up about it.

Voted up, useful and shared.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Hmmmm. I think I have seen star fruit in the market here but I have never had them. Must try! Thanks for introducing me to star fruit.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

God morning Rajan. Yes, star fruit is healthy. I have to update this hub as I have not written the health benefits of this fruit. Thanks for reminding me about that and for sharing this to others. I appreciate that, too. Have a great weekend!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks Rebecca for stopping by. Yes, try eating star fruit. You might like it. Have a lovely weekend!


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Elisha Jachetti 3 years ago

Thanks for the post! I am very curious to try this fruit. However, I have read from various sources that it can cause problems with the liver and other organs. That has made me nervous and has prevented me from tasting it!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Star fruit is like another fruits which can cause you any health problems if you eat them too much. Too much for everything is a danger to our health when it comes to food. I have not heard about these liver and other organ problems caused by eating star fruit. I have to check on that. Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day!


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tastiger04 3 years ago

One of the things I miss the most about Asia is the starfruit!! So delicious :) Thank you for the fun hub! Voted up and interesting :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

I miss star fruit too, when I´m not in my home country, but sometimes I can buy this fruit in the supermarket. Thanks for stopping by tastiger04;-)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

It must be lovely to be able to harvest it fresh from your own trees. I have never tasted star fruit. I will have to try and remedy that! Up votes and pinning.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, it is nice to harvest my own star fruits. The star fruit tree is having fruits again and I will be experimenting some ingredients soon. I hope you´ll try this fruit. I don´t like to buy star fruit here in Germany as they are expensive for me, so I´ll just wait until I´m home again. Thanks for your visit Peggy. Have a great day!

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