Curious Food of the Week: Starfruit!

Star fruit gets its name from the shape it naturally forms when it is cut. It is native to Southwest Asia but is now grown in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Central America, and other parts of South America and Asia. It has a sweet and sour taste with a crisp texture. Not only does this fruit taste great, it also has a host of medicinal benefits. It has been used to treat coughs in children and to help with lactation.

Are They Good For You?

Like most citrus fruits, star fruit is extremely high in Vitamin C. It can also reduce inflammation and actcinnamonstarfruit-1024x693 as an analgesic, diuretic and antimicrobial agent. This low-calorie fruit also provides dietary fiber to aid in digestion and copper, a vital mineral. It has also been said to help fight diabetes. However, due to certain properties of star fruit, it is not recommended for people with kidney problems.

While you often see star fruits as accompaniments on fruit platters they are delicious in of themselves. Some of our favorite things to do with the fruit is make a fresh juice or cut them in thin slices and roast them in the oven until they become a star fruit chip! Kids have lots of fun eating these fruits simply because...they are shaped like stars. Try weaving this fruit into a lesson about naming the stars in the sky and if the child gets the name of the star right, then they get to eat the star fruit! 

Fun Fact

Star fruit juice can remove stains from linen and can even be used to shine brass. It has often been used as a home remedy to treat hangovers and sunburns, making it the perfect summer food!

How Can We Eat Them?

Screenshot 2019-03-21 at 4.42.12 PMStar fruit is delicious raw on a hot summer’s day. It can also be added to fruit salads, smoothies, baked goods or used as a garnish for meals. When you're at the store, your goal is to look for star fruits that are brightly colored, a little soft, and a little flexible, but with brown ridges. The more yellow the skin is, the sweeter it will be. 

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