Also known as: Carambola
Taste: When green, starfruit’s taste is similar to that of a tart apple. It sweetens when the fruit becomes yellow.*
Growing: Southern Florida (west and east coast)
Season: July thru April
Selection: Choose a firm, crisp fruit. Browning on the edges is a sign of ripeness.
Ripe: When mostly yellow. When completely yellow, enjoy within 2 days.
Open: Eat like you would an apple or slice into stars. Tips on slicing…
Enjoy: Perfect for tossing into a salad, juicing for a refreshing drink, grilling as in a “kabob” or baking into a desserts. Of course you can slice to deliciously garnish any recipe. Recipes…
*If you have kidney problems, check with your doctor before eating starfruit.
In the know
Ideas for enjoying Starfruit
- Eat like an apple
- Slice into stars for salads, fruit or leaf
- Juice for a refreshing drink
- Grill with the steak or as a kabob
- Thickly slice for garnishes
- Stir-fry for a star-filled treat
- Bake with that green bean casserole
- Go topsy turvy, add to an upside cake
Veggie peeler to trim starfruit’s edges and a knife is all you need. Quick and easy way to get to the stars.
Add starfruit slices to any salad, fruit or lettuce. Toss the salad and dressing first, then add starfruit slices and lightly toss again. That’s to make sure the stars appear on the top, where they belong.
Turn the dessert table upside down with a star-filled sweet like this upside down cake with starfruit in a starring role.
Kids and starfruit, perfect
There’s food for thought and then there’s starfruit which is food for play with the eventual pop into the mouth. A great lunchbox addition for school lunch cafeteria’s ooohs and ahhs. What more could you ask from a fruit. More ideas…
Of course, garnish
You usually don’t eat a garnish, not true with starfruit. Some tips to add some stars to any dish, drink, dessert.
tropical calendar awaits
Starfruit is one of the fruits starring in our tropical calendar. The calendar is free, simply download and print the month-by-month or year-at-a-glance versions.
For our retailers and wholesalers
Ethylene Production & Sensitivity: Low
Shelf Life: One week depending on temperature and humidity. Once ripe, it should be eaten within two to three days.
Brooks Availability: July – April
Brooks Origin: Florida
Storage Temperature: 48° – 55°F
Storage Humidity: 88%-90%
Displays yes, Read-to-go a must
- Adding a couple of slice to any fruit salad in the grab-n-go area will boost sales. Make sure the star slices are viewable in the container.
- Starfruit deserves a place in any lunchbox, snack or salad displays. Signage should be fun, “put a star on top” for the lunchbox or salad displays.
- To stock, point tips outward so the star’s shape is readily apparent.
- Prevents bruising during transport & customer handling
- Stacks easily, allowing for organized displays
- Reduces shrinkage by controlling humidity
- Tracks and scans more easily with UPC coding
- Enhances ripening
Show what the consumer needs to know (in priority order)
- Starfruit turns into a star with a slice.
- If you have kidney problems, check with your doctor before eating starfruit.
- When green, starfruit is tart. As it yellows, it sweetens. Browning on the edges is natural. You can trim using a veggie peeler.
- It has a sweet and tangy flavor that’s very refreshing.
- With edible skin, it can be eaten like an apple.
- Perfect for tossing into salads, juicing for drinks and adding to dishes – side, entree or dessert.
Case counts: 16, 20, 25, 30
Net box weight: varies
Pallet count: 126
Case counts: 10 – 2 ct. clamshells
Net box weight: 6 oz. per clamshell
Pallet count: 126