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.




Author: Belle Chai

Farm girl wannabe, enjoying life on the Big Island. We have a small five acre farm along the Hamakua coast. While we have a few crops we grow to sell, we are trying to create a self sustaining lifestyle on our little piece of paradise. I set up this blog initially to help me keep track of different things we grow and how well they’re doing, but recently decided to go public with it. I enjoy reading other hobby farm sites, and thought sharing our story a little might inspire others as they have inspired me.

6 thoughts on “Starfruit”

  1. I’m trying to grow new things – I don’t think I could have one outdoor year round in with our cold winters, but I think I just might try one in a pot so I can move it from outdoor in the summer to indoor after frost. 🙂 Looks very pretty!

  2. Deborah, you wrote an understatement! My photos of the starfruit are glorious, impressing our daughter mightily (she is a professional photographer). In addition, she loved eating the fruit, along with all the other magnificent varieties you generously gave us. The little berries are called ………? Each family member tried one just before happy hour one night; everyone had a different reaction.

    However, the kids all agreed that the berries are taste-enhancers. Everything we tasted was better than usual. The little tree tomatoes were a hit, too. I know that sometime when our daughter’s family is here again they would be thrilled to visit your magic farm. This time, however, their flight was on a Saturday, so they craved one last day at the beach.

    Please have a merry Christmas season. We’ll be eager to hear all about Rachel’s time in Colorado and when she returns to the Big Island.

    With aloha,
    Becky and Bob

  3. The berry is called a Miracle Berry. How fun everyone got to try it. We’d love to have your kids out when you come again. The blog is a work in progress. My plan is to be a little more regular with it and be more detailed about the things we grow. I just need to find the time! Thank you so much for sharing some of your Saturday with us, we really enjoyed your visit.

  4. It is so amazing that you have this abundance year round! Star fruit are the prettiest garnishes ever when you cut them! I just checked the box for “Notify me of new posts via email” so I’ll know when new posts come…Aloha! Lisa

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