Sunday, 18 September 2011

Another Exotic Fruit - Star fruit or Carambola

The Star Fruit is more suitable for presentation, rather than eating. It looks very fresh and I always use to decorate salads with it. Its shape makes it look like stars, which is unconventional and appealing.
Although the fruit is completely edible with its waxy skin, the flesh is quite crunchy and very juicy, which makes it suitable for pressing it to make fresh juice. The texture is similar in consistency to grapes when ripe and feels like pepper when still green.
Carambolas are best eaten when ripe - when they are yellow with a light shade of green. They will also have brown ridges at the five edges and feel firm.
As I mentioned earlier I used it mostly for decoration. Sometimes I would just put them in a crystal bowl by themselves.

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