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04-27-2006, 05:15 PM
Does anyone ever use these?? I never see recipes of them.. Do they not ahve a flavor?
04-27-2006, 05:35 PM
i tried one once and It tast like water chestnuts to me. honestly didn't care for it
04-27-2006, 05:36 PM
I've used them as a garnish. They're very pretty. But they don't taste very good. Not much flavor and what little flavor there is, is kind of sour. Also, when I do find them in the store, there are usually not very many of them and what is there is rather mushy and old. But if I'm doing a fruit plate and I do find a good one, I'll buy it and slice it for garnish.
04-27-2006, 07:06 PM
I rather like the flavor of starfruit (kinda reminds me of a combo of kiwi and strawberry), but they tend to be expensive and difficult to find good ones, as someone else mentioned. Maybe in an ethnic food market? There are so many wonderful fruits and veggies that the general American population doesn't do much of anything with, so there is little demand for good, fresh unusual fruits/veggies.
But back to the point of the thread, I do like starfruit. <shrugs> But I don't know where you'd use it in a recipe, except to eat it plain or toss it on a fruit plate/in a fruit salad....
04-27-2006, 08:11 PM
I've eaten starfruit several times, I think it is hard to get them ripe in the stores, withouth them getting bruised, and they are very expensive where I am, about $5.00 each, soooooo, I only buy one when I'm doing a big raw tadoo, and use it as a garnish.
04-27-2006, 09:07 PM
There are 2 different varieties:
Their actual name is Carambola
You need to eat them ripe - the edges should be slighlty brown and the remaining turning orange.
One is a larger sweeter the other a smaller tart one.
The tart variety have more flavor too!
I have seen quite a few in the stores lately. Albertson's had them for $1.50 each.
They are not my favorite, but are great in a fruit salad as decoration. When ripe they remind me of weak juicy fruit gum.
08-31-2006, 04:16 PM
I grew up eating these yummy delights. My neighbor had a star fruit tree and nobody he didn't like them so he was always giving me tons of them. I bought some this week and I fell in love all over again.....oh how yummmmy! I sure do miss my endless free supply of them from childhood.
08-31-2006, 05:35 PM
I've never tasted one that had any flavor. They go for around $3.00 each here, not worth it unless I was decorating a dessert for a party.
08-31-2006, 09:23 PM
Only time I ever saw them was when I lived in Florida - so I am impressed that you get them in the Yuma area. Anyway - they were just sour and even though I like sour - I just figured nobody wanted them enough to ship them anywhere else.
09-01-2006, 10:10 AM
I find them to be sweet with a tart bite. They were on sale here for $1.25 this past weekend.
09-01-2006, 10:24 AM
Funny this post is here...I was just checking Star fruit out yesterday at the store!
But at $4 each I decided to pass on them.
Maybe after payday I'll try one.
09-01-2006, 01:03 PM
I've bought them a few times. Every time, I end up tossing it. I'll cut a slice and it doesn't taste good so I throw it away. *sigh*
09-01-2006, 02:11 PM
Codajess...if you were throwing star fruit out everyday I would be your garbage disposal. :D
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