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How to Cut a Starfruit

How to Cut a Starfruit.

Have you ever tried starfruit? It isn’t something I stock in the kitchen regularly, but it is a food that feels special. It reminds me of vacations, summer cocktails, and overall good times. Keep reading to see how to cut a starfruit and ideas for serving.

Starfruit’s proper name is Carambola. The fruit it native to South Asia.

It will be ripe when the skin is mostly yellow with a bit of green around the edges. If it starts to brown, store in the fridge to prevent over-ripeness.

These are high in vitamin C and fiber but individuals with kidney issues or taking high blood pressure medicine should consult a physician before eating.

Slice width-wise along the fruit.

star fruit on cutting board

Wash the fruit thoroughly and slice, discarding the ends.

Can you eat the skin of a star fruit?

Yes! No need to peel the skin off.

What does starfruit taste like?

There is a bit of a citrus taste mixed with a grape. The waxy skin might not be appealing to all. It is thicker than most fruits I can think of.

Remove seeds.

Removing seed from a starfruit

The seeds are easy to remove with just the tip of a knife.

Look at the fun stars! Now we see how the fruit got it’s name!

Sliced starfruit

Garnish a beverage with a slice of starfruit.

fruit garnishing a cocktail

You can simply slide a slice of starfruit on the rim of a glass.

Or you can get more elaborate and add the slice to a cocktail skewer along with some other fruits.

Add starfruit to a fruit platter.

Starfruit in a platter

Starfruit slices are so festive looking.

Of course the fruit mixes well with other tropical options, but when paired with strawberries and blueberries you have an instant patriotic dish for Memorial Day or Fourth of July.

Try this- create fruit skewers with whole strawberries, starfruit slices, and black or blue berries.

Other ideas for starfruit- use to garnish a green salad or cake.

Where can I buy starfruit? When I searched this, Safeway had it locally as well as Amazon (3 lb quantities!) and a few sites curate tropical fruit boxes (this site does not ship to California and starfruit is sometimes out of stock).

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Other recipes to try for summer gatherings:

Easy peach crisp

Strawberry cupcakes

Apricot dumplings

How to Cut a Starfruit

32 thoughts on “How to Cut a Starfruit”

  1. Those star fruit slices are perfect for this weekend. I have a confession I have never eaten star fruit so I am going to grab a few from the grocery store today.

  2. The starfruit is beautiful – I need to try one! I’m excited to tell you that this post will be featured in this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party and will be pinned to our TTA Pinterest Board! Thanks for sharing and I hope to see you at the party this week!

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  4. I have never eaten a star fruit, although I see them all the time. I think I will have to get one for the weekend to use in my cocktails. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. This is so cool and perfect for the 4th of July and festive summer weekends. I don’t think I’ve ever had this before so I’m all kinds of excited to check our grocery store and give it a go. It looks like such a fun way to celebrate the season. Hugs, CoCo

  6. Rachel - Tea and Forget-me-nots

    I saw starfruit a lot when I was living in Japan but never knew what to do with it, thanks for the tips!

  7. I must confess, I have never tried this fruit! I’m so glad I saw this because it looks so refreshing and fun to use! I’m going to look for it on my next grocery trip! Thanks for the tips!

  8. Loved this! I was always amazed when I taught and would share this fruit, how many of my students had never seen or tasted it. Great post!

  9. Marie, you know that I have never seen or tasted a Star Fruit before? It looks so cute for a summer beverage. Thank you for sharing because I would not know what to do with one.

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