Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Star Apple

Most of the time, I try to buy my fresh produce locally, mainly from my weekly shop at the markets, because it is almost always fresher and of course, definitely a more sustainable way of eating. But sometimes, just sometimes, there are things which cannot be sourced locally.

I just thought I'd share this because it is a relatively unknown fruit in Australia, but it is perhaps, one of my favourite fruits. It's a star apple - not the star fruit - don't ask me if it is a star fruit again PLEASE. I love it that much that I've dedicated a WHOLE blog post about it.

A tropical fruit, it has a soft ultrafine fibrous flesh similar to perhaps a lychee? The flavour however is unique and I would find it difficult to find a comparison...A 'milkiness' that screams tropical and is incredibly aromatic (not the durian type of aromatic - if you're worried). It is that unique that I can't even think of another fruit to compare it with. I scoop the flesh out with a spoon...you can't eat the skin...the sap has an astringent effect on your tastebuds.

Often found at asian supermarkets, but you have to hunt for them...and don't buy the dodgy ones. There are a LOT of dodgy ones...just use common sense, if it looks fresh, feels firmish and isn't infested with insects it may be ok. No gurantees though - it can be like an avocado. You know, it looks ok, feels ok but when you cut it open it's totally shit. But don't let that stop you from trying some star apple next time you see them.


leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Interesting! I don't think I've had this fruit before, I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Dave said...

Definitely worth looking for.

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Moved into our house 5 years ago and cut down a number of trees!! When the council removed our verge trees, one of the previous cut trees returned to bloom and lst year I found 1 piece of fruit which I investigated as it was like nothing I'd seen befoe. Upon searching the net I found it is indeed an Apple Star Fruit. I tasted this and now cannot wait until they bloom again this season