What is Starfruit?

I recently went to Mexico and there was starfruit on the breakfast buffet. I had only seen it on one of my favorite television shows, Chopped. I really had no idea how it was supposed to be served or used in a dish since the chefs on Chopped are supposed to transform all of their ingredients. After a bit of research, I found that starfruit, or carambola, comes from a tree that is native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India. It’s called starfruit because of the way it looks when it is sliced. The entire fruit is edible, but it is typically served as a garnish in the United States. When I had it, it was at the bottom of a fruit kabob. I have to say, I was not a fan. The outer layer tasted like the skin of a very bitter Granny Smith apple. The inside, or fleshy part, tasted a lot like a kiwi that was not yet ripe. Even though I didn’t like it, I was very glad I tried it. I’m looking forward to seeing the chefs on Chopped transform this ingredient into something a little more edible!

Star Fruit

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