Starfruit is an exotic fruit which has an attractive appearance. You may also get to know it in various other names in different regions such as carambola, Kamrakh in Urdu, karmal in Hindi, heinoujon in Manipuri and chathura puli in Malayalam.
No doubts! This fruit is very beautiful but its taste may disappoint you. Yes! If you haven’t eaten starfruit yet you probably want to eat it as it looks just amazing and your expectations regarding its taste might get doubled.
But the truth is that they look beautiful but their taste is not that compatible with their appearance.
I remember when I first saw this fruit, I was very desperate to taste it at least once just because of its impressive appearance. But trust me when I tasted it, it was not that bad but after that, I never urged to have it again because my expectations didn’t match the taste yet this fruit is very juicy inside.
However, due to its star-like pieces, it is widely used in garnishing many cocktails and cakes.
In today’s era, it is very easy to get those fruits that are out of season. However, it doesn’t mean that the fruits you get out of their season taste good!
Star fruit is such a fruit that is not always available whenever you step out from the home to the local grocery store. After such incidents, you may be wondering when those beautiful star fruits are in season.
Well! Star fruits are mainly harvested between June and February which means you will find them in autumn commonly between October and December.
However, this beautiful fruit has an unusual harvest season when compared to various other fruits. Still, you can get them during autumn.
Due to this declaring the exact season of star fruit becomes unfixed yet this is the most expected time to grab them.
Generally, fruit is said to be in season when it is specifically grown at that time of the year.
Today you will get many fruits out of season but the flavour will not be that good. Like if you get strawberries in winter you will find that they are not that juicy and tasty like the strawberries you buy in the summer.
You will get many famous fruits during summer but some fruits like figs, pomegranates and star fruits are only available in the autumn.
The reason why this happens with star fruit is that the trees bloom during the summer. Due to this the fruits can’t be harvested until autumn.
That time the fruits get packed and sent to native stores for selling which means that they will possibly reach you in late autumn to early winter.
The food writer in ‘The Economic Times of India’ Dr Vikram once joked in his article stating that star fruit is a victim of the "Pretty Fruit Principle". According to this theory, the best-looking fruits are often the least flavourful.
This theory relates to the star fruits as well. Star fruit is very attractive but has an underwhelming profile.
Star fruit is watery, juicy, crisp and the flesh inside is slightly sweet and tangy. The sweetest star fruit is similar to vaguely pear which is a mix of apples and citrus.
While the small star fruits tend to be very tart and mildly astringent.
The star fruit also resembles a grape due to its firm yet gelatinous, juicy, watery and hydrating taste.
Star fruits when ripened become golden yellow and have brown edges.
Unripe star fruits are lime green with a touch of yellow and taste tart.
Star fruits that show brown spots and a sunken, mushy consistency are overripe.
Star fruits don’t continue to ripen once picked. They will remain in the same condition afterwards when you pick them.
The exact origin of carambola trees is still unknown but it is expected to be first found in islands of Indonesia.
While this delicious fruit came into popularity and now can be found all around the world.
India is also one of the largest producers of carambola. Malaysia, Guyana, Taiwan, Australia, Israel, the Philippines, Florida and Hawaii are also the largest growers of this attractive fruit.
It can also be found in South America and Central America.
Apart from this, the carambola trees can’t survive in frosty climate hence can only be grown in warm environments. Due to this, it becomes quite difficult to get this fruit in America.
However, Florida produces star-fruits as the climate here is suitable for carambola trees.
In the US, carambola trees are commonly found in Florida and also in other tropical and subtropical regions that include Hawaii, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and Louisiana.
Fat: 3 g
Carbs: 6.8 g
Fibre: 2.8 g
Protein: 1 g
Vitamin A: 1%
Vitamin C: 57%
Folate: 12 mcg
Pantothenic Acid: 4 mg
Magnesium: 10 mg
Potassium: 133 mg
Copper: 0.1 mg
- Always submerge the freshly bought star fruits in a cool water bowl immediately.
- Gently clean the fruits using a sponge to remove dirt or residues otherwise it may cause fungal infections in fruits.
- You should handle the delicate star fruits very carefully, wrap them in a foam paper or paper towel.
- Don’t keep the star fruits over the top of one another, otherwise it leads to bruising easily.
- Now, place the fruits in a cool storage area not cooler than 5°C.
- Try to consume the fruits as soon as you can because the flavour you get in fresh fruits is unmatchable in any other circumstances.