1 Eating fruits and vegetables can get monotonous if we don’t try new, different things. Luckily, there are many delicious fruits and vegetables available to add a splash of variety to your usual diet.
2 One such unusual fruit with an eye-catching shape, colour and mouth-watering flavour is starfruit. Upon slicing this gorgeous fruit, it looks like a star, hence the name. The fruit is called Kamrakh, Ambanamkaya, Thambaratham, Kamaranga and Carambola in different regions.
3 Wondering what this exotic fruit tastes like? Don’t worry we have you covered. This article explores everything you need to know about starfruit. Yet, it is a matter of fact that one just cannot resist drooling while seeing them on streets, trees or stores.
4 What Is A Star Fruit? What Does It Taste Like?
4.1 Star fruit is a sweet-sour, five-point star-shaped fruit. Typically a native to Southeast Asia, one can find these gorgeous fruits growing around the world in the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and other tropical areas like Florida. It has beautiful bright pink flowers when the tree blossoms.
4.2 Star fruit has a fresh, complex sweet and sour flavour. The unripe, green fruits taste sour like lemon or lime whereas the yellow ripened ones are sweet with just a hint of tart. The sourness reduces as the fruit ripens.
5 What Is The Texture Of Star Fruit?
5.1 Star fruit has a wonderful texture. The ripe yellow ones are similar to grapes or pears with waxy, glossy skins and tender juicy flesh with a firm snap. Biting into one would fill your mouth with amazing fresh flavours. While the edile skin will impart nice crispiness.
6 Are Star Fruit Skins Edible? Is It Fine To Have Them Unripe?
6.1 Yes, of course! Star fruit’s skin is edible and imparts that peculiar crispy snap to it. Just pick a fresh and ripe fruit, wash it and enjoy it directly. In fact, star fruit’s seeds are edible as well.
7 Does Star Fruit Have Varieties?
7.1 Yes, they do. Typically, there are two distinct varieties of star fruits. One is considerably sour even when ripe. They are yellow in colour and smaller in size. They are used in various savoury dishes like chicken casserole, seafood platter as a side dish or a garnish. They also taste great in salsas, jams and jellies.
8 How To Pick A Good Star Fruit?
9 How To Store Star Fruits?
9.1 If all you could get in your market were green unripe star fruits, and you prefer ripe ones, just ripen them at home at room temperature. They just need to be frequently turned for more even ripening.
9.2 If your star fruit is ripe, try to have them within a couple of days for experiencing the best flavour and texture. At room temperature, they last up to 4-5 days.
9.3 But if you want your ripe star fruits to last longer, cover them with a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator. They would do well for about a week in this way.
10 Top 5 Ways To Use Star Fruits
10.3 Absolutely, nothing can beat their original, raw, sweet and sour flavour. Eat them fresh just like you would eat any other fruits.
10.5 Sprinkle some salt and red chilly powder for a perfect combination of flavours. Add them to your salads full of greens to add a perfect dash of sweet-sour freshness.
10.8 Precisely, the unripe green sour star fruits impart freshness with a subtle tanginess to the cooked savoury dishes.
10.9 You can use them as a garnish or side dish especially with heavy meat and seafood or shellfish dishes to cut the intense monotonous flavour.
10.12 Owing to their subtle acidity, star fruits go exceptionally well with cocktails and mocktails. They give a signature fresh tropical flavour to the drinks. Juicing them with other citrus fruits is also a great drink option.
10.13 The ripe juicy sweet ones with a hint of tartness make delicious sorbet and icecreams. Use them to top your cheesecakes, tarts, smoothie bowls, fruit salads and enjoy their fresh flavour.
10.15 Slice them up and pickle them in oil, salt and seasonings or cook them with sugar and condiments to make delicious jams.
10.16 Another great way to enjoy star fruit, especially the unripe, green tangy ones is to make a sweet and sour compote to top your pancakes and waffles. Just heat star fruits with some sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and cook until the mixture thickens.
10.18 Make tangy fresh chutneys and dips to be served as a side for your main meal. It would be a killer on top of breakfast tacos. The unripe green ones work best for tangy sour dips whereas the ripe yellow ones work best for juicy sweet dips.
10.20 Star fruit is a fresh, tropical delicious fruit that can be used in a variety of dishes and can be enjoyed raw as well.
10.21 They impart a unique exotic flavour to our mundane everyday palette. Someone with a sweet tooth would enjoy the ripe yellow ones while someone with a sour tongue could enjoy the unripe green ones.