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Carambola: A fruit shaped like a star

Fine Cooking Issue 82
Photo: Scott Phillips
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For an unusual addition to a fruit salad or a garnish for a cheese platter or a dessert plate, try a carambola, or star fruit. The fruit is crisp and juicy and vaguely reminiscent of a grape or a pear, with a subtle, mildly sweet flavor that’s tropical and floral. The entire carambola, except for for it’s few small seeds, is edible.

A ripe star fruit is extremely fragrant, and it’s skin is a glossy yellow or greenish yellow. Brown lines on the ridges of the fruit are a sign of ripeness. Choose fruits that are firm with no blemishes or bruises, and store them in a paper or plastic bag in the fridge for about a week. Sliced star fruit freezes well for a few months.


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