The first reaction to tasting a star apple is usually a wide-eyed “wow!” Imagine a sweet grape crossed with a ripe persimmon. That’s the flavor and texture you can expect from a star apple. Star apples have a bright, sweet, tropical flavor and creamy, jellylike fruit flesh.
This is no ordinary apple. In fact, it’s not an apple at all! Star apples get their name from the pattern of seeds at the center of their incredibly soft fruit. They’re also known as caimito or cainito, hatian star (purple), blanco star (slightly smaller and green), or aguay. Throughout the world, star apple is referred to as pomme de lait, milk fruit or breast milk fruit because of the creamy latex that weeps throughout the soft flesh.
Star apples are versatile fruits that can add special oomph to just about any dish! Their scoopable, milky flesh is well suited for jams, candies, sorbets and fruity pastries. It is an excellent accompaniment to fresh cheese plates or stewed in your favorite fruit compotes. Top your salads, granola and yogurt bowls with star fruit, or chop it into your next ceviche.
Star apples are a slightly more advanced fruit experience, best handled by adults and big kids. Their thick, leathery rinds contain natural latex that can be a real turn off to your taste buds if too much comes in contact with the fruit. But no need to fear! Slicing one like a pro is easy, and your friends at FruitStand will tell you how!
How to prepare your star apple will depend on the recipe you’re using. Here are the most common ways to prepare star apples.