Taiwanese Star Fruit
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Taiwanese Star fruit are a larger and more flavorful version of the domestic star fruit that we may be more familiar with. Its flavors are best showcased when the fruit is at its peak ripeness. The color of the fruit is the first signal of just how ripe the fruit may be. Younger fruits tend to have a greener sheen, less weight and considerably less aromatics. As the fruit ripens it will become yellow, often with an amber hue, its aromatics will be tropical with notes of pineapple and citrus. These aromatics are also prominent in the flavor of the fruit. The fruit has a crunchy somewhat transparent skin and its flesh's texture is succulent, similar to an apple or pear. The entire fruit is edible, skin flesh and seeds.
Star Fruit is available year-round.
Carambola, commonly known as Star fruit, scientificly known as, Averrhoa carambola, are actually a berry fruit of an evergreen tree. This fruit is simply defined by the 5 prominently shaped ribs connecting to form a familiar star when sliced. Carambola fruit has been developed into multiple varieties, Two Forest , Slant Tail, Malay, and TaiFarm #1, just to name a few. These varieties make up the sweeter fresh eating type of Carambola. There are tart varieties that are also grown, ultimately as ingredients for processed foods.
Taiwanese Star Fruit are best eaten fresh. Typically they are sliced into ubiquitous stars, utilized in fruit salads and as garnishes, though more imaginative applications certainly showcase the fruit for its flavor and textural appeal. Taiwanese Star Fruit pairs well with citrus fruits and bright, rich flavors. Perfect companion ingredients include pomegranates, tangerines, pork belly, creme fraîche, mascarpone, and avocados. The fruit can be slightly grilled to render more juice and flavor. It can also be made into a jam or compote and utilized for breakfast and savory main dishes. To really capture flavor and texture, Taiwanese Star Fruit can be dried or dehydrated into chip form. To store, ripen at room temperature until it develops its characteristic floral scent. If used within a day or two, keep at room temperature. Otherwise refrigerate for up to one week.
Taiwanese Star Fruit gives the illusion to the idea it is native to Taiwan. However, its history dates back to trading via the Silk Road during the Tang Dynasty in China. It was brought to Taiwan from mainland China in the 18th Century and has since become a symbolic fruit and important agricultural commodity for the country. Taiwan's vast tropical landscape allows for the fruit to be cultivated and harvested year-round - a feat independently opportune to Taiwan. Taiwanese Star fruit grows in other tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world, including Thailand, India, Oceana, Central and South America and Hawaii.
Recipes that include Taiwanese Star Fruit. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Flour on My face||Fresh Carambola (Taiwanese Star Fruit) and Strawberry Jam|
|Raw Epicurean||Star Fruit Pudding|
|Dad- Baker & Chef||Starfruit Juice|
|Talimpu||Star Fruit Chutney|
|Trini Gourmet||Carambola Bread|
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