Here’s another in the series of interesting newsletters that Richard Lyons’ Nursery receives from Brooks Tropicals. This issue deals with carambola — the delightful starfruit. Brooks notes that its fruit comes from Pine Island, where soils are sandy. However, starfruit trees grow equally well in the shallow limestone soils of Miami-Dade County where Richard Lyons’ Nursery is located. We sell the fruit, as well as several grafted cultivars of the tree itself.
Starfruit – refreshing and versatile
Florida starfruit is in season July through April. Brooks Tropicals grows them in the sandy soils of Pine Island on the west coast of Florida.
It’s only right that starfruit chefs should treat themselves. Shaken or stirred, try a starfruit martini.
When the fruit has a tinge of green – like the first 2 in the photo above – it will have a slightly tart taste. Leave it on your kitchen counter for a few days and it will yellow and sweeten. As it sweetens, the ribs of the fruit will turn brown. Just skim off the browned edges before slicing.
Starfruit on the tree
One starfruit (1 cup cubed) has 76 percent of the daily value for vitamin C. For only 41 calories, it carries a big nutritional punch.
If you have kidney problems, check with your doctor before eating starfruit.
Garnishing with starfruit
2 x 2 ways to enjoy starfruit
Starfruit’s replacing maraschino cherries as the garnish of choice. Besides its great taste and shape, starfruit’s golden yellow color doesn’t need any food coloring.
Topping a starfruit juice or a starfruit and dragonfruit smoothie with a “star” is easy. Here are some garnishing tips for any dish and, of course, a link to the drink recipes.