Through the practice of shipping produce around the world for grocery store sale, a large variety of fruits and vegetables are available at nearly any time of the year. I'm always intrigued by the unusual pieces of fruits and vegetables. On occasion, it's fun to pick up a new item and learn how to use it. My most recent discovery has been the starfruit.
The starfruit is grown in tropical regions of the world. It's an oblong and waxy fruit that when cut resembles a star, thus the name. You want to select one that is predominately yellow with perhaps a small amount of green lingering. The rims will also begin to brown a bit. An overripe starfruit will begin to have brown spots and feel less firm. The best comparison for selecting a starfruit is to reference a banana. A banana is initially firm and green, then softens and turns yellow. Finally, it becomes very soft and brown. A starfruit is similar. Unlike a banana, however, the starfruit will not get sweeter as it ripens. It will, in fact, become rather bland and so it's best to find or use one at the peak of ripeness.
To Prepare a Starfruit:
|Wash the fruit. Then, cut the top and bottom off (you can eat these bits).|
|If you'd like you can trim the rims of the starfruit. A knife is sufficient, but a vegetable peeler also works well.|
|Finally, slice starfruit into 1/2'' pieces or whatever size desired. Remove the seeds. The star shape is pretty neat, eh?|
I used the starfruit to make a garnish for a fish meal. A secondary use would be in smoothies.
Have you tried any new fruits or vegetables lately?
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