Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Aye Carambola!

Today we have one of my favorite summer flavors in the shop and I thought I'd find out a bit more about the strange and delicious Starfruit or Carambola.  

We currently have 5-point starfruit though they also come with more points usually 6 or 7.  No matter how many points they come with they are tasty and look awesome.  As a kid I always used to bug my mom to buy them at the grocery store but she never relented.  (Why, Mommy, why?!?)

They are thought to originate from Sri Lanka or Indonesia and are currently cultivated through the Pacific Island and Southeast Asia.  The whole fruit is edible and prepared in many different ways to suit local cuisine.  In Southeast Asia it is frequently stewed with cloves, sugar, and sometimes apples, in China it is frequently cooked with fish, in Australia it may be used as a vegetable, can be pickled, or is made into jam and in Jamaica it is dried as a treat.

Here at Capogiro as with almost any other fruit we can get our hands on we make it into smooth, particularly refreshing sorbetto paired with lime.  It's on my, rather long and ever growing, list of favorites.  For those of drinking age it mixes particularly well with your favorite silver rum.

Health wise Starfruit is loaded with antioxidants, potassium, and Vitamin C.  It is low in sugar, sodium, and has a low acidity.

And to top that all off it can even be used to remove difficult rust stains from clothing!

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