Life on Florida’s West Coast

Dried Star Fruit

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My Star Fruit tree is keeping me more than supplied with ripe fruit. In fact, I am just now sitting down from finishing the starts of the first Star Fruit I will dehydrate this season. Dried star fruit makes an amazing snack for when you are on the go. The flavor intensifies and although the slices shrink, they still retain their charming star-shape.

Make sure you dry only ripe fruit. Don’t purchase over-ripe fruit either. I’ve seen local produce markets around here trying to sell browning fruit for $1 each. Once a star fruit over-ripen, its flavor is slightly fermented and altogether unpleasant.

Dried star fruit (or carambola) is not only a great snack; it can be mixed into trail mix or sprinkled on salads as a garnish. When you are preparing old-fashioned Christmas tree decorations, don’t forget to add dried star fruit to your garland, along with the dried apples you are stringing with the popcorn and cranberries. It adds such a festive look.

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Comment by Pfunk Subscribed to comments via email
2007-10-08 19:46:42

mmmm….dried star fruit…
(insert Homer Simpson drooling sound f/x)

Comment by misha Subscribed to comments via email
2007-12-19 00:00:29

What is your recipe to dehydrated star fruit? Do you add any salt or lemon juice or just dehydrate plan? Is there any special techniques you use? I just got a bunch of star fruit from my uncle in Florida. I use to eat it when I was younger, I just LOVED IT! Its so good, I plan to try drying my own now that I’m older. I am very excited, if you have any tips please message me, thanks.

Comment by marianne Subscribed to comments via email
2008-11-03 09:05:22

How do you dry starfruit to keep it’s color and shape for holiday garlands?

Comment by ursula Subscribed to comments via email
2012-01-05 11:19:13

Also would like how to dry starfruit. If you have a recipe, would appreciate to get it , thank you

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