|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 to 3|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 14g||72%|
|Total Carbohydrate 53g||19%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 44g|
|Vitamin C 117mg||587%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Star fruit may seem unusual, but you'd be surprised how many supermarkets carry this sweet and sour fruit. It's fairly accessible and often displayed with the tropical and/or imported fruits and veggies in the produce department. This special star fruit dessert is beautiful to serve and will impress dinner guests, but it's also healthy and will work with a variety of diets.
Star fruit is similar in texture and taste to apples, and while it can be eaten fresh, in this recipe the star fruit slices are lightly cooked and then served with a tropical mango-orange sauce. Topped with a drizzle of coconut milk and a sprinkling of either pomegranate seeds or cherries, this fruit dessert is completely guilt-free and satisfyingly sweet. It's also gluten-free, lactose free, and vegan. If you do want to make it a bit indulgent, top it with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. But it's sweet, tart, and creamy as is.
1 fresh ripe star fruit, trimmed, sliced, and seeds removed
1 cup orange juice ,or about 2 oranges, juiced
1 fresh ripe mango
1/4 cup packed brown sugar, or a natural sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar
1 cup good-quality coconut milk
A handful of fresh pomegranate seeds or cherries, optional
Gather the ingredients.
Place the slices of star fruit in a pot on the stove.
Add the orange juice. Stir well and turn heat to high until juice begins to boil.
Lower the heat and allow the juice to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the star fruit has softened enough to easily cut into with a spoon. While cooking, gently move the slices around and turn them over so they all get cooked equally.
Remove any more brown seeds that may loosen and surface.
While the star fruit is cooking, place the mango in a food processor, mini chopper, or blender. Process or blend until smooth and pureed. Set aside.
When the star fruit is nearly done, add the sugar/sweetener and stir to dissolve. Remove the pot from the heat.
Add the mango puree, stirring well to incorporate. Taste for sweetness, adding more sugar if needed (how sweet it is will depend on the ripeness of the fruit/juice you're using).
Portion out 3 star fruit slices per bowl with enough sauce to surround the fruit.
Drizzle over some coconut milk.
Top each bowl with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds or cherry pieces, if using.
Is Star Fruit Bad for the Kidneys?
Star fruit contains oxalic acid and caramboxin. These are substances are potentially harmful to those with kidney problems and therefore, should be avoided. People who take certain prescriptions such as blood pressure medication should also avoid star fruit, because it acts as an inhibitor like grapefruit.
If the dessert is too sweet for your taste, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice or a little more orange juice.
Muthu N, Lee SY, Phua KK, Bhore SJ. Nutritional, Medicinal and Toxicological Attributes of Star-Fruits (Averrhoa carambola L.): A Review. Bioinformation. 2016;12(12):420-424. doi:10.6026/97320630012420