Also known as: Carambola
Taste: When green, starfruit’s taste is similar to that of a tart apple. It sweetens when the fruit becomes yellow.*
Growing: Southern Florida (west and east coast)
Season: July thru April
Selection: Choose a firm, crisp fruit. Browning on the edges is a sign of ripeness.
Ripe: When mostly yellow. When completely yellow, enjoy within 2 days.
Open: Eat like you would an apple or slice into stars. Tips on slicing…
Enjoy: Perfect for tossing into a salad, juicing for a refreshing drink, grilling as in a “kabob” or baking into a desserts. Of course you can slice to deliciously garnish any recipe. Recipes…
*If you have kidney problems, check with your doctor before eating starfruit.
In the know
Ideas for enjoying Starfruit
- Eat like an apple
- Slice into stars for salads, fruit or leaf
- Juice for a refreshing drink
- Grill with the steak or as a kabob
- Thickly slice for garnishes
- Stir-fry for a star-filled treat
- Bake with that green bean casserole
- Go topsy turvy, add to an upside cake
Add a nutritional star to any meal or snack.
One of the lower-calorie tropical fruits, one cup of starfruit weighs in at only 40 calories and yet provides 76 percent of the RDA for vitamin C and almost 4 grams of fiber.
Veggie peeler to trim starfruit’s edges and a knife is all you need. Quick and easy way to get to the stars.
Starfruit originates in Southeast Asian and naturally grows under the canopy of century-old trees. Florida starfruit is grown in the heat and the humidity of Southern Florida’s sub-tropical climate. But this fruit needs a bit of shade, so we grow under light screens.
Add starfruit slices to any salad, fruit or lettuce. Toss the salad and dressing first, then add starfruit slices and lightly toss again. That’s to make sure the stars appear on the top, where they belong.
No recipe needed
Almost any dish from salads to stir-fries can be achieve star-appeal with starfruit. Simply slice and add. Here are some tips to get you started…