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September 23rd, 2013 by Deepti Michelle John

It’s a ‘Starry, Starry’ Day…

The star-shaped fruit named the Star Fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides that give the appearance of a star. The entire fruit is edible and used in cooking. Star Fruit can be made into relishes, preserves, and juice drinks.

Orange County, Star fruit

Star Fruit

Cultivated commercially in India, the Star Fruit is about 2 to 6 inches long. There are two main types of star fruit: the small sour (or tart) type and the larger sweet type. Star fruits taste best when consumed shortly after they ripen, when they are yellow with a light tinge of green, or just after all traces of green have disappeared.

In Southeast Asia, Star Fruits are usually stewed in cloves and sugar, sometimes with apples. In countries like Australia, they may be cooked as a vegetable, pickled, or made into jams.

Unripe and sour Star Fruit types can be mixed with other chopped spices to make relishes. They are also cooked together with fish and shrimp.

The juice from Star Fruit is used in iced drinks, particularly the juice of the sour varieties. In India, the juice is bottled for drinking.

The Star Fruit is rich in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C.

Star Fruit_ Orange County

High on Nutrition…

The trees are also grown as ornamentals for their abundant brightly colored and unusually shaped fruits, as well as for their attractive dark green leaves and their lavender to pink flowers.

The juice of the more acidic sour types can be used to clean rusty or tarnished metal (especially brass) as well as bleach rust stains from cloth.

It’s a ‘Starry, Starry’ Day…
Deepti Michelle John
Deepti, based out of Bangalore, works as Assistant Manager (Marketing) at Orange County Resorts. Possessing Master’s degrees in Psychology and Media and Communications from the London School of Economics, she enjoys spirituality, music, nature, and children.



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3 Responses to “It’s a ‘Starry, Starry’ Day…”

  1. sam Says:

    It is truly a nice and helpful piece of info. I am happy that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.
    sam

  2. deepti Says:

    We’re glad you liked it, Sam!

  3. Balaram Says:

    Full of salient points. Don’t stop believing or writing!

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