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.