Starfruit is February’s fruit of the month!

Excerpts from a 2/13/12 article written by Barbara Quinn who writes the column ‘Celebrating fruits and veggies daily’ for the Monterey Herald

I found one fairly official-looking food celebration worth remembering each and every month the Fruit and Vegetable of the Month

This one is sponsored by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. True to its name, each month features helpful information about a specific fruit and vegetable.

“Star fruit” (aka “carambola”) is the February fruit of the month. A tropical fruit with a taste between plum, pineapple and lemon, says the CDC. One-half cup of this cute little fruit contains 20 measly calories and a good dose of vitamin C. Bonus: No need to peel. Just slice it and you get star shapes that brighten a fruit salad.

February also features “exotic vegetables” such as:

· Calabaza
· Chayote

Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Email her at bquinn@chomp.org.