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Also known as Carambola, the star fruit gets its name from its distinctive shape. When cross-cut into slices, the slices resemble a five-pointed star. When looking for these in the store or for harvesting from your garden, watch for clues to indicate the degree of ripeness which determines the texture and taste of the fruit. Always serve this exotic fruit raw as the high percentage of water causes the fruit to fall apart when cooked.
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Look for large fruits with a light green tint and firm texture to the skin. Eat in this unripened state if you prefer a crisp, pear-like texture and tart taste.
Leave the fruit on the counter for one to two days to fully ripen until the skin turns yellow and the tips of the ribs turn brown. Turn the fruit every 12 hours during ripening. Prepare this ripened fruit for a sweet taste with a grape-like texture.
Discard any star fruit with wrinkled skin, a mushy texture or shriveled edges.
Store fully ripe star fruit on the counter for up to three days or in a plastic bag, ort refrigerate for up to one week. Wash it only when you are ready to use it.