We love highlighting exotic ingredients and sharing suggestions for how to use them. And although featuring recipes from commercial companies rather than chef-driven foods isn’t necessarily first choice, we jumped at the chance to share this boldly spiced recipe for starfruit from Brooks Tropicals with our readers.
Brooks Tropicals is one of the food world’s more interesting, family-owned companies. What started as a one-man operation, grew into one of America’s finest growers and importers of Caribbean fruit. But because they import exotic fruits, owners of the company realized that part of their role is to educate and excite consumers with things like this starfruit recipe.
Serve it for breakfast, as a side dish, snack or even dessert. However you decide to use it, Starfruit Exotica is a fun (and surprisingly aphrodisiac) take on fruit salad.
What is a starfruit?
If you aren’t familiar with starfruit, this is a fruit worth getting to know. It is completely unique in appearance. In fact, the fruit resembles a star when sliced, which makes it a popular choice for garnishes. Starfruit is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, possibly Sri Lanka. The fruit was cultivated for centuries however it wasn’t introduced in the United States until 1887, when it was first planted in Florida. And if you’re wondering whether it is the same fruit as carambola, it is. The exotic fruit goes by both names.
Starfruit comes in two varieties, one is sweet, the other more sour. The fruit’s skin is firm and waxy but edible. And the interior flesh somewhat resembles that of a grape, only with a milder, slightly tangy, or sour flavor.
Is starfruit nutritious?
Starfruit is surprisingly nutritious for such a pretty, not to mention mildly flavored, fruit. A serving (about the size of a medium fruit), contains over 50% of the daily intake of vitamin C. And the fruit also offers B vitamins and fiber as well as trace amounts of folate, magnesium and potassium. (Learn more about what makes potassium essential for sexual health.)
Although all this information makes starfruit an attractive choice but the questions remains of what do you do with it? That’s why we’re excited to offer this original recipe for starfruit.
This recipe for starfruit is an aphrodisiac fruit salad
Starfruit doesn’t necessarily enjoy a rich folkloric history as aphrodisiac. But that’s where this recipe for starfruit comes in. An elegant, creamy fruit salad recipe, we think it goes a long way 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.
Can you use substitutions?
Although this fruit salad calls for a specific blend of fruits, we’ve used substitutions depending on what’s in season. We’ve used tangerines in place of oranges, raspberries instead of blueberries and even banana or peach in place of papaya. The one fruit you obviously can’t substitute is the starfruit. But as for the rest of the fruits, we invite you to experiment.
If you love interesting fruit salads, don’t miss this recipe for Stone Fruit Salad with Pistachios and Chevre.
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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