Brooks Tropicals is one of the food world’s more interesting, family-owned companies. What started as a one-man operation, driving a refrigerated truck has grown into one of America’s finest growers and importers of Caribbean fruit. But because they import exotic fruits, Brooks Tropicals realized that part of their role is to educate and excite consumers with things like this recipe for starfruit.
What is a starfruit?
If you aren’t familiar with starfruit, this unusual fruit resembles a star when sliced, making it a popular choice for garnishes. It’s skin is firm and waxy but edible and the interior flesh somewhat resembles that of a grape, only with a milder, slightly tangy flavor.
Aphrodisiac fruit salad
We can’t say that we’ve come across an aphrodisiac history for starfruit, (also called carambola), but this elegant, creamy fruit salad recipe could certainly go far towards making starfruit a food of passion. Of course, the dish also includes some of our favorite aphrodisiacs, like blueberries, strawberries, curry powder and coconut.
A sensual, exotic version of a creamy fruit salad includes starfruit, strawberries and coconut.
- 4 oz cream of coconut
- 3 tbs tahini
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 2 starfruit
- 1 papaya
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup strawberries cut in quarters
- 1 in orange peeled, sectioned and cuthalf
In a medium bowl, combine the juice, tahini, almond extract, curry powder and sour cream.
With a vegetable peeler, take the brown tips off the points of the starfruit. Slice the starfruit into thin slices. Poke out any seeds with a knife. Place in a large bowl.
Slice a papaya in half; discard the seeds and scoop out the flesh onto a cutting board. Chop into 1/2" pieces. Add to the large bowl.
Add the remaining fruit to the large bowl. Add the sour cream mixture and gently toss.
Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Toss before serving.
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