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How to Juice Star Fruit
Star Fruit is Also Known as Carambola
My friend here in Brazil has a star fruit tree and always has a surplus of fruits that she sends home with visitors. I recently came home with a large bag and decided to juice some of them to have with our dinner.
Although many people know it as star fruit because of its shape, it is called the carambola as well.
If you are buying your star fruit in a supermarket the fruits may all be a uniform size, mine weren't. The reason I'm telling you this is that there will still be guesswork involved in making your juice, but don't worry, it's going to be great, I promise.
The ingredients needed to make the juice are simple, just star fruit, sugar (or your choice of sweetener) and water. That's it!
It's unlikely your star fruits will all be at the same point of ripeness, mine weren't either and that's okay. If your fruit isn't prepacked in the supermarket, then carefully examine them for soft spots before purchasing. The skins are fragile and once damaged, begin to rot. The ridges should be firm and not floppy, if they are slightly green, that's okay. Avoid buying any which are brown as they may be too ripe. If you buy the ones with a greenish tinge, they will ripen up nicely at home in your fruit bowl.
- Start by washing your fruit. Place them in a colander and rinse with running water. Cut out any soft spots and discard. If there are any bits of stem attached remove this as well.
- Now cut into pieces. As you can see from my images, my chunks are quite large, the fruits are juicy so this isn't a problem. There is no need to remove the seeds, we will be doing this at the end. I fill my blender almost to the top. You don't want it to splash out so leave a little space. I used 7 fruits of varying sizes. Reserve a few slices for decoration.
- I use about 1/3 cup of white sugar which makes a juice which is tangy enough but not too sweet. You will have to judge this for yourself. The quantity of sugar you use may be different.
- Add the water, I use a liter of cold water, which is about a quart.
- Then switch the blender on. Because the fruit is quite firm, I need to use a medium setting to get it going, otherwise I can hear the motor straining. You know the capabilities of your blender, and can judge accordingly. If your blender is struggling, turn it up to begin with. This won't take but a few seconds to break the fruit down. When you don't see any large bits flying by in the jug, you can switch off the machine.
- The next step is slightly fiddly but will enhance your juice drinking experience so it is necessary. Simply place a funnel inside the serving pitcher and place a sieve over the funnel. I use a fine mesh sieve, the finer the sieve, the smoother the juice. This may take some time but pour some of the juice into the sieve leave enough space at the top so it doesn't slop over. With a spoon or rubber spatula gently scrape back and forth. The juice will fall below and the pulp, seeds and skin with remain in the sieve. When your sieve has too much pulp in it, press out as much juice as you can with the back of a spoon, then transfer the pulp to a bowl. Continue as before until all the juice from the blender jug has been used up.
Foam on Top of Juice
You will notice that your juice has separated and there is a froth at the top. If you place a long spoon in the jug, everyone will know to stir it before pouring into their glass. If you prefer to pour it straight into glasses, giving the person either a straw, swizzle stick or spoon will help them reincorporate the foam into the juice at the bottom. If they drink it with the foam, they will end up with a foamy mustache.
Decorate with Star Fruit
The slices of star fruit you reserved can be used in a couple of different ways.
- If serving your juice from a jug, these can be placed in the juice.
- If serving in a glass, cut a small incision and place on the rim, as shown in the picture.
In my experience, I don't serve juice with ice. The reason being I don't like overly diluted juice and if the ice begins to melt, that's what you'll have.
Why you Should Always Use a Straw for Juices
If you've always drunk your juice or soft drinks from a glass or can without a straw stop it now. I'm serious, you are damaging your teeth by not using a straw.
The acid which is found in fruit juices and also in soft drinks will eat away at the enamel on your teeth. My daughter is a dental therapist in London and always advises her clients to avoid soft drinks or at least use a straw. The same holds true for juices, especially those high in vitamin C or ascorbic acid.
© 2017 Mary Wickison