We Found a Surprise Plant

Posted by F&S

We, Frenchies, were down by the greenhouse, watching the guys move all the tropical plants into the new heated hoop house for winter storage.  Most of the plants survived our freak snowstorm a couple of weeks ago, except for a few that will need some TLC.  One, of those, in particular, caught our attention.

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Sharkey, I don't remember seeing this plant before.  It doesn't look like it fared too well after that freak snow storm.  What do you suppose it is?

1 Sharkey, I don't remember seeing this plant before. It doesn't look like it fared too well after that freak snow storm. What do you suppose it is?

Why Francesca, I'm surprised you don't remember this one!  I'll give you a few hints.  Unlike other tropical fruits, the entire fruit is edible, including the waxy skin.  They turn from green to yellow when ripe.

2 Why Francesca, I'm surprised you don't remember this one! I'll give you a few hints. Unlike other tropical fruits, the entire fruit is edible, including the waxy skin. They turn from green to yellow when ripe.

That's not enough of a hint!  Hmm, the label in the pot says 'Carambola.'  That name doesn't sound familiar.

3 That's not enough of a hint! Hmm, the label in the pot says 'Carambola.' That name doesn't sound familiar.

Oh come on, Franny!  I know you'll get it!  The fruit can have three to six ridges, but most commonly has five.  It's known for its unique shape.

4 Oh come on, Franny! I know you'll get it! The fruit can have three to six ridges, but most commonly has five. It's known for its unique shape.

The shape is quite interesting.  I know I have seen this before!  A few have fallen off before ripening.  I'm going to take one into the head house and have a closer look!

5 The shape is quite interesting. I know I have seen this before! A few have fallen off before ripening. I'm going to take one into the head house and have a closer look!

I recognize this now that I've cut it in half!  This is also called the starfruit!

6 I recognize this now that I've cut it in half! This is also called the starfruit!

I've seen it on Martha's show and in her cookbooks.  It's most commonly eaten on its own or with other fruit, but can also pureed for its juice and sliced thinly to be used as a garnish.

7 I've seen it on Martha's show and in her cookbooks. It's most commonly eaten on its own or with other fruit, but can also pureed for its juice and sliced thinly to be used as a garnish.

Like many fruits, starfruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C.  The texture is akin to a grape—fleshy yet firm on the inside with a crisp skin.

8 Like many fruits, starfruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C. The texture is akin to a grape—fleshy yet firm on the inside with a crisp skin.

When ripe, the flavor has tones of apple, pear, and citrus.  Mmm, can you smell it?  It's beautiful and delicious!

9 When ripe, the flavor has tones of apple, pear, and citrus. Mmm, can you smell it? It's beautiful and delicious!

Comments (12)

  • Dear F&S You are so right. Its a star fruit!. Its available in my country all year round. Bahhhh it don't like it al all. Sparkle.

  • Good morning girls,
    What a beautiful looking fruit that is. I bet it tastes as good as it looks. How is the clean up coming along at your place? I am sure you are still busy with that.
    I can't beleive today is Friday already. This week went by fast. I must admit, I miss GK being here so I kept busy. I have Rhyder here with me, my half brother who lives in Maryland. He keeps me busy, along with the other chows. The rain is gone and the cool weather is back today. Waa Huu. I am going out on the deck to bask in the nice cool breeze and watch for that crazy big yellow ball to come out again this morning.
    Have a great weekend everyone and try to stay out of trouble.
    Love ya,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Happy Friday and a big THANK YOU to all our Veterans who are serving and have served!

    Well I must say I never tried a starfruit but I really enjoy my apples. Mom slices apples, pears and cheese which make a lovely snack - YUM! We have family who live Hood River Oregon where they have lots of orchards so we get all kinds of apples and pears shipped to us I just love this time of year :)

    Nothing exciting going on this weekend. Mom is taking her niece to see Santa on Sunday it's a big charity event for CMN. I heard talk of making me wear a silly outfit and sitting on his lap for a picture - that's not going to happen. I'll go but no stupid outfit.

    Well enjoy your weekend everyone!!

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    Starfruit looks yummy. Any fruit looks yummy when you can only have a special food from the vet. Tasha and I used to have apples every day with Mom. Good times, good times. We had another celebration dinner last night for Dad's retirement. Mom made lots of good stuff. I had fun with all the company and got lots of toys out. Today is a rest and recover day however. Have a great weekend. Thank you all our veterans.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hi ladies,
    That's a very interesting fruit! Very pretty, too. I don't think I dig on them much. Mimi found out I am not a fruit & veggie guy. I like Cheerios & cheese and my food. Oh, popcorn & chips. I guess I'm a junk food guy...good thing I have Mimi & Papa to keep me in check!
    Grandkids coming for the weekend...so much fun!
    Have a good one everybody.
    Your pal Rebel

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., You two girls sure have fun checking all of your animal friends, as well as the beautiful plants there at Martha's fantastic farm!! This information about those tropical plants is fascinating! I've never seen or tasted a starfruit before, but it does look lovely and maybe I can get Mom to get some for me to taste. How great that your crew friends have finally put the tropical plants in the new heated hoop house so they will make it through the winter time! How is your weather? We have had several days with sunshine lately and today the rain and wind is supposed to start again-boo hoo. I've crossed my paws hoping it will be sunny again soon. Sure hope everyone has a great, safe weekend! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • ..never tasted a star fruit..yeah, I try to eat healthy but then late-nite popcorn is my downfall, with lots of butter...James is a veteran, Marine from the Viet Nam era..we are going to get the Christmas lites out this week-end and make sure they all work..nobody sees them but us and all the wildlife..James says if one raccoon likes them, then it is worth it..(he is wierd!)..Basil, sounds like your dad is scoring big on the retirement parties and dinners, hope you get some left-overs..It is wet and grey today, so I must get outdoors and check the property (saw a teen-age coyote yesterday)and race back in, eat a couple veggie dog biscuits and plot the rest of my day!..Have a good week-end all my dog buddies, talk to you later, cora-belle, the blue heeler aka the cattledog

  • That starfruit looks very interesting. Once you cut it open though, it reminds of the tree monster Tabonga from the cult horror movie, "From Hell It Came." :wink:

    Have a great week everyone!

  • Hmmmm, interesting, I just learned something new!
    Thanks F & S for this tidbit about the starfruit.

    I have seen them at the Horticultural Conservatory in Mitchell Park, Milwaukee.

    Happy Veterans Day and Thank You to all that are serving or have served!

  • Shame on me for not thanking all of the Vets and their families for sacrificing their health and lives so that the rest of us can live safe and free.

  • Hi all,
    As usual, I check back to see what comments were made during the day. I hope everyone thought about the veterans. Karen's son is going for his third tour of duty in January. She worries because he does some kind of work that he cannot discuss with her or his wife and children. He is always going somewhere secret for special training. Again, Zoe, you are too much. You make me laugh so hard. I can just picture you with an outfit on walking toward Santa and by the time you get close to him, your pretty clothes will be torn to shreds. Enjoy the grandkids Rebel, enjoy your Christmas lights Cora-Belle, Basil you could pretend your food is apples and everything that you like. Kirby I hope you are enjoying your vacation, Rebel, make Zoe a costume out of your Cheerios so at least if she eats it, it will be nutritional, Dudley I hope the sun comes out big and bright for you this weekend and all the rest of you, do what you like to do best, have fun. I am going to be rolling in maple leaves while Karen rakes them up.
    Maddox

  • Hi girls. I love it when my Mom reads your blog to me. I like to see what other country girls are doing. Your farm has alot of really fun places to explore. I went exploring today looking around to see if we had any starfruit trees. No starfruit trees, but I did find a patch of sandspurs. They really hurt. I think Mom and I will see about getting rid of them tomorrow. Actually I will let her get them out. I don't want anything more to do with them in my tender pink paws.

    Love y'all,
    Mitsy

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