Starfruit

To say our tree is loaded would be an understatement. The pictures don’t do it justice. The boughs of the tree are so heavy I think they may break. So what do you do with so much starfruit?  Give it away, sell it, eat it, juice it , and make jelly. Starfruit juice is mild so I juiced it with some turmeric, ginger, and carrots for a nice healthy concoction. For jelly I added some mineola oranges, guava, pineapple, and lemons for a nice tropical blend jelly.

Starburst also know as carambola may have originated from Sri Lanka.  It can be found all over now in Asia and the Pacific islands. It’s rich in potassium and vitamin c. It can cause problems for people with kidney issues because it has oxalic acid. Like grapefruit it can interfere with some medications for high blood pressure. You have to eat a lot, but it is good information to know.

Some of our starfruit are HUGE, like the size of a head. For those unfamiliar, when you slice it to eat , it forms perfect little stars, hence the name starfruit.

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Keanakolu

I took Thursday off and we headed up to Mauna Kea, and spent the night at the cabins at Keanakolu. It can be cold and rainy up there but when we got there it was absolutely beautiful. There are some old apple and pear orchards that were planted in the late 1800’s up there. We were a little past season, but we did manage to get some pears and apples. They were a little on the tart side. So I took all of them and made a batch of apple/pear butter.  It came out quite well, if I may say so myself. I used the following recipe.

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/apple_butter/
In the recipe it talks about a chinois sieve which is this cone shaped strainer with a similarity shaped pestle. I have two but never knew what it was called or what it’s intended use was. I always use it when I separate lilikoi juice from its seeds. I was so excited that not only did I have this sieve but now I know what it is for!!

Here are some pictures of the fruit and butter.

Tea time

We’ve had rain for almost three weeks now – not solid but every weekend and most other days. The ground is over saturated, and the grass got really long because we couldn’t mow. But yesterday it clearned up and my husband mowed. And today, Saturday we have this …


Today we picked a few buckets of hibiscus to make tea. I took a picture because people always think it’s the flower that is used, but it’s a particular type of hibiscus and it’s the calyx; it’s hard and waxy. We break it apart and dry it, and then package it.


Today we are celebrating our son’s birthday. I made him lilikoi avocado pie. The recipe is easy , two medium avocados, pulp of 8 lilikoi yes include seeds, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Mix together and pour into a homemade graham cracker crust that’s been baked. Put in refrigerator and chill. The crust has to be homemade or it doesn’t turn out. I don’t know why but trust me, and my many bad attempts with pre made store bought, it’s gotta be homemade.