Carambola has a sweet flavor and also slightly sour. Some compare it to a mix of papaya, orange and grapefruit, while others find it similar to a mix of pineapple and lemon. Fruit can be sliced and eaten on its own, but it's also good when added to other dishes and drinks. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare and eat star fruit.
Part 1 of 3: The Basics of Carambola
Step 1. Eat the carambola when the shell is yellow
When it is ripe, it becomes firm and the bark takes on a vibrant yellow hue.
- The more yellow the rind, the sweeter the carambola. The ideal carambola is very yellow and has brown tips.
- A carambola has approximately 30 calories. It is a significant source of fiber, vitamin C, carbohydrates and water.
Step 2. Cut the carambola into slices and eat it plain
Use a sharp knife to cut the fruit across the widest part, making star-shaped slices up to 1 cm wide.
- Wash the fruit thoroughly before slicing it. Rinse under running water, rubbing with your fingers until all the dirt hidden in the cracks is freed.
- The whole star fruit is edible, so you don't need to peel or remove the seeds before eating it.
- Fruit can be eaten straight without having to add anything. But, if you prefer, you can add sugar, honey or whatever ingredient (preferably sweet) you like.
Step 3. Another option is to remove the tips and seeds before eating
Although the star fruit is all edible, to decorate, you can remove the brown tips and seeds.
- Wash the fruit under cold running water using your fingers to scrub away any dirt.
- Hold the carambola firmly with one hand. You can hold it in your hand or rest it on a board or kitchen counter.
- Slide the sharp knife over the end of the carambola. Cut the green or brown tip and cut a thin slice just to get the discolored tip out.
- Cut off the ends. Cut a little more than 1 cm from both ends, removing any green or brown parts.
- Use the sharp knife to cut slices approximately 0.6 cm to 1.3 cm wide. Cross-cut the widest part to form the stars.
- Pierce the center of the fruit with the tip of the knife to remove any visible seeds.
Step 4. If you have kidney problems, avoid eating star fruit
The fruit contains a neurotoxin that healthy kidneys can filter out, but damaged ones cannot.
Go to a hospital if you experience symptoms of "star fruit poisoning" after consuming the fruit. Symptoms include insomnia, hiccups, vomiting, numbness, seizures or decreased muscle strength, and confusion. These symptoms usually manifest within 30 minutes to 14 hours after consuming the fruit. In rare cases, star fruit poisoning is fatal
Part 2 of 3: Other Ways to Eat Starfruit
Step 1. Put carambola in the fruit salad
Use carambola slices with other tropical fruits to create a colorful mix of sweet and sour flavors.
- Some fruits that go well with star fruit are bananas, strawberries, kiwis, mangoes, pineapples, papaya, grapes and citrus fruits.
- You can mix the fruit salad gently with a lemon vinaigrette, orange sauce, honey or fruit sauce to add another dimension of flavor.
- For an even more tropical touch, garnish the fruit salad with a little sprinkled coconut.
Step 2. Mix the carambola into green salads
Carambola makes a simple green salad more attractive.
- Make the salad very simple, using ingredients such as lettuce, chives, sweet peppers and avocado. Stay away from ingredients like carrots, cucumbers and grated cheddar cheese.
- Choose a light salad dressing, such as lemon, balsamic, raspberry, or Italian vinaigrette. A slightly spicy sauce also complements the carambola flavor well.
Step 3. Use carambola as an exotic garnish
Decorate plates and trays with carambola stars for an edible garnish.
- Place a slice of fruit on top of tropical flavored cakes or ice cream.
- Decorate tropical dishes such as teriyaki chicken with artfully placed star star slices.
- Make a small cut into a slice of carambola and place it on the edge of a cocktail glass.
Step 4. Add carambola to a cake or bread
Use the mashed fruit in a sweet roll or the slices in a fruitcake.
- Combine 2 cups of flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add this to a creamy mixture made of 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon white wine and 2 cups mashed carambola. Mix 1 cup of grated coconut and cook in a normal bread pan for 50 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
- Place 3 to 4 slices of carambola in the bottom of a greased cake pan (23 cm). Pour a traditional white cake batter over the fruit slices and bake according to the instructions in the cake recipe. Turn the cake onto a plate before serving it.
Step 5. Use carambola as an accompaniment to poultry or seafood
The fruit flavor will match chicken, duck and various types of fish and seafood.
- Place carambola slices on dishes such as colorful chicken rice, tropical chicken stir-fry, or an Asian-inspired dish.
- Cut the carambola into small pieces and mix it with the chicken, tuna or lobster salad.
- Grill chicken, tuna steaks, shrimp or duck and serve the carambola together, grilled or fresh.
Step 6. Make a fruit preserve
Cook the carambola slices on the stove with sugar and tropical fruit juice. Use thin pieces of fruit and more liquid to create a jelly or bigger pieces and less juice for a chutney.
Part 3 of 3: Ways to Drink Carambola
Step 1. Make a tropical smoothie
Whisk the carambola together with other tropical fruits and juices in a blender to make a thicker, fruitier drink.
Beat 3 seedless carambola, 1 chopped mango, 3 cups of orange juice, 2 cups of ice cubes, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 1 tablespoon of honey until everything is smooth. If desired, also add pieces of pineapple, strawberry or banana
Step 2. Create a carambola cocktail
Mix the mashed carambola with a fruit liqueur and rum to make a refreshing alcoholic drink.
Blend 1 carambola with 1/4 glass of orange liqueur, 1/2 glass of rum, 1 glass of orange juice and several ice cubes in a blender. Garnish with slices of carambola
Step 3. Prepare a drink with the carambola juice
For a non-alcoholic drink, mix the mashed carambola with plain fruit juices or water.
- Mix 500 g of carambola with a small piece of ginger, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 4 glasses of water and sugar or honey to taste. Strain the juice and serve.
- Add sparkling water to make a non-alcoholic star fruit spritzer.