How to Eat a Star Fruit
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
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.
Sliced Carambola or Star Fruits
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.
- Wash the Star Fruit first.
- With the use of a sharp knife, cut both ends of the fruit.
- Cut the brown ridges of the fruit if there are any.
- Cut the Star Fruit crosswise into desired sizes. You´ll see it looks like a star when it´s cut.
- Get rid of the seeds. Enjoy!
Healthy Star Fruit SmoothieClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ways to eat a Star Fruit
There are many ways you can eat a Star Fruit.
- By just dipping it in a saucer of salt and eating it. This is how we eat Star Fruit in the Philippines.
- By eating it with sugar. For those who don´t like salt on a Star Fruit.
- By eating it with another fruits like mango, pineapple, papaya as fruit salads.
- By making smoothies or milk shakes.
- By making an ice cream together with other fruits.
- By making Star Fruit jam.
- 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
Have you eaten star fruit before? Did you like it?
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