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Tropical Star Fruit

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I like to try new things fairly often and today was a Star Fruit. It was good, but I thought it would be sweeter. After reading more about it, I found that there are two kinds...a "sour star fruit" (which is still slightly sweet, just not as much) and a sweet star fruit. I'm guessing mine is the sour one. The texture is a little like a grape and the flavor is mild. Overall, pretty good. It's high in vitamin C and VERY low in calories (125 grams only has 40). I paired it with strawberries and oatmeal with flax and almonds to round out my breakfast...yum!

Here are some fun facts:

*▪ Star fruit is harvested when the green fruit has a tint of yellow
▪ When the fruit is cut crosswise, it forms a perfect star
▪ Star fruits do not need to be peeled or seeded – they can be eaten whole
▪ Two varieties of star fruit are grown – tart and sweet
▪ Early English travelers called the star fruit the “cucumber tree” when discovering the plant in Asia
▪ Star Fruit Names - In Asia alone, the fruit has over 20 different names, but most commonly is some variation of belimbing. When Spanish and Portuguese explorers arrived in Asia they adapted the Indian word karambal and renamed the fruit carambola – which is still used today. The fruit was later renamed star fruit due to the shape made when it’s cut.

....and some history:

It is believed the star fruit originated in either Sri Lanka or the Moluccas (islands of Indonesia).

It spread throughout Asia and has been cultivated there for centuries. It is commonly grown in southern China, India, and the Philippines.

The fruit is relatively new to North and South America. It was first introduced to Florida in 1887 but is viewed as a decorative fruit and has not been planted on a wide scale. Star fruit was introduced to the Caribbean islands, Central America, South America, and Hawaii in 1935.

Today, star fruit is widely grown and consumed in Asia. The fruit is growing in popularity in the United States. To meet this increasing need, the fruit is now commercially grown in Florida, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

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    LOVE these!!
    3112 days ago
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    The only place I've seen star fruit is in Queensland in Australia. I live in Tasmania, the southern state, so too temperate for tropical fruit. I did taste star fruit tho' when I was up in Queensland years ago and remember that I loved it.

    3117 days ago
    You must have fabulous markets near you, because you always try the most interesting things. I've never even heard of it before. Thank you!
    3117 days ago
    Thanks for the facts on a little known fruit!!!
    3118 days ago
  • MARTY728
    I lived in the Florida Keys for a few years and there we called them Star Apples and they were great. I the local Safeway carries them here and I purchase some as a treat once in a while. I have no idea what Safeway calls them, since I still call them Star Apples! emoticon emoticon
    3118 days ago
    looks yummy & beautiful ~ thanks for sharing these tips
    3118 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I tried star fruit years ago and didn't like it. It was the sour star fruit. Perhaps I should try again. The question is how do you know if it's sour or sweet?
    3118 days ago
    Hmm...I didn't know that. I will have to give it a try :o)
    3118 days ago
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