Taste 1,000 Fruits: No. 65. Starfruit

24th July 2009

This is a starfruit.

The flavor is light, more like a perfume than a solid taste. They’re juicy, citrusy with a slightly tangy aftertaste. The texture is like less crunchy celery, if celery didn’t have strings.

Taste 1,000 Fruits is on my Mighty Life List, so Intel paid for my starfruit. Thanks, guys.

15 thoughts on “Taste 1,000 Fruits: No. 65. Starfruit

  1. maureen

    I think starfruit makes a better garnish than an actual food. The flavour and texture are like a pale apple.

  2. Kimberly

    I’m imagining parcels of fruit being delivered to your door every day. Each box with a quaint little “Fruit Inside” marking done up like the Intel logo.

  3. QoB

    I was waiting for you to get to starfruit! to me it has an apple texture with a kinda peachy taste… mmm delicious.

  4. Maggeh Post author

    I did eat the fruit, did not eat the seeds. And yes, it’s the perfect drink garnish. Probably good to perfume water too (like cucumber).

  5. Nicole

    I just love this idea of tasting 1000 fruits. Back before life and kids took over I loved to spend hours cooking and baking. I spotted those and thought they’d look so pretty in a fruit tart, nestled in the crust. Taste and looks were not quite as I imagined, but fun to try.

  6. Renee

    You know… as often as I see starfruit littering platters of food at work (I’m a catering manager), I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten one!

  7. Crafty Dayeseye

    did you know the real/another name is carambola? I always think that makes it taste ten times better, just saying car-am-bola…yum. fun word, for fun food.

  8. Megan

    I always thought it tasted like a slightly odd grape – very expensive grape (which are already expensive-ish) – so really best used as a decoration or garnish than food…. which is how I came to taste it at 16 when I was working in a bakery that used as a crowning center of their fruit tarts.

  9. Jae

    Have you ever had a Santa Claus melon? I saw one this weekend at my local Meijer. Looked interesting and I thought of you.

  10. kristen

    I had this for the first time a couple months ago, courtesy of my boyfriend’s Japanese mother, and I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s the perfect thing to eat on a hot day. Light and extremely juicy and not at all too sweet.

  11. steph

    I’m with maureen – I think it tastes like apple. I do love to put them in a colorful fruit salad though. Sliced starfruit, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and kiwi, with a little lemon juice and a little honey. Try that. It’s awesome (can substitute the starfruit for pineapple, and leave off the kiwi if you can’t find it).

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