Video:How to Cut Star Fruitwith Stacey Pennington
With its unique shape, star fruit can add whimsy and beauty to both sweet and savory dishes. Here are instructions for properly using and cutting star fruit.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Cut Star FruitHi, my name is Stacey Pennington, for About.com, and today, I'm going to show you how to cut a star fruit.
Facts About Star FruitStar fruit is also known as "carambola." You can find star fruit in most food stores. You'll find it either wrapped in plastic or in paper like this one. The fruit might be green when you purchase it. You can just leave it on your counter for a few days to ripen. A ripe star fruit will be yellow with a tinge of green and the five ridges will be slightly brown, and it may even have a few brown spots. The whole fruit is edible and is somewhere between an apple and a grape, both in texture and in flavor.
Cutting Star FruitFirst, give the fruit a little rinse off with some warm water. To cut the star fruit, you first want to remove the two ends. Then, you can just cut 1/4 or 1/8 inch slices. Just cut along the length of the fruit and there you have your star fruit slices. There's a bit of a seed here; you can just remove it. The seeds are edible, but if they are large like this one, they're a bit crunchy and I would just remove them. You can also cut your star fruit by removing the two ends and then, using a sharp vegetable peeler, remove the brown on the five ridges, and if you don't have a vegetable peeler, use a sharp knife to do this job. This makes for a cleaner edge on the fruit. Then, depending on the recipe you are using, just slice the star fruit and remove any unwanted seeds. And that's all there is to it!
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