The tropical fruit star fruit, also known as carambola, is a unique-looking treat that is a great source of Vitamin C and potassium. The exotic-looking fruits can be found fresh and dried, and are often used in juices and desserts. But before you can enjoy this exotic-looking snack, it is important to know how to cut a star fruit. In this article, we will share some tips for slicing this beautiful fruit so you can prepare it in your favorite recipes.
First, it is important to select a ripe star fruit. Look for one that is bright yellow, with little to no green along the ridges. You can also test the ripeness by pressing the fruit gently-it should feel soft, and there should be no odor. If the star fruit is still a bit green, leave it at room temperature until it ripens. Once ripe, the fruit will keep well in your refrigerator for several days.
When preparing to cut your star fruit, wash the exterior under running water, as you would with any other produce. Some people prefer to peel the outer layer of the fruit, but it is not necessary to do so. After washing, remove the two ends of the fruit and set the fruit on a cutting board. Cut the fruit into slices, if desired, using a sharp knife. A quarter-inch width works well for garnishes, while you may want wider slices, about a half-inch wide, for a fruit plate.