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How to Eat Star Apple

Nick Musica
Published Feb 15, 2021. Read time: 1 minute

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.

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

The trick to having the best star apple eating experience is knowing how to slice it. You see, the inedible rind contains natural latex that can put a damper on your tastebuds if it touches too much of the delicate fruit inside.

To minimize the natural latex coming into contact with the fruit, we recommend chilling the star apple first. Then, carefully score the fruit around its circumference while avoiding the hard seeds in the center. Twist the fruit open to reveal the star shape inside that gives star apples their moniker. From there, remove the hard, pointy seeds and scoop out the milky flesh from the rind.

How to Cook Star Apple

Star apples are an especially delicate fruit, and are typically consumed raw in fresh and frozen recipes. They can hold their own when the heat turns up, too! Here are some of the most common ways to cook star apples:

  • Confection: The bright, delicate and creamy flesh and sweet flavor that’s expected of the sapote family of fruits was made for sweet treats. In fact, it’s often served with sweetened condensed milk. Star apples can be used in jams, candies, jellies and more.
  • Baking: Toss star apples with berries or citrus fruits to cook into a compote or pie filling.

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.

Star apples are beloved throughout the world in drinkable form. Their flesh is very juicy and a little creamy from the natural latex that permeates the grape like flesh. Chop it into milk tea, feed the flesh into an electric juicer for refreshingly sweet, tropical juice or cook it into a syrup for crafty cocktails. Whatever the beverage, star apple will add fresh, unexpected fruit flavor.

Here are some easy ways use star apple in your drinks:

  • Juicing: Remove fresh star apple fruit from the rind and discard the seeds before juicing. Then, simply feed the pulp into your electric juicer for a sweet, creamy tropical fruit juice. Star apple pairs well with many other fruits including pineapple, banana and oranges.
  • Smoothies: Use frozen star apple fruit to add a new dimension of tropical fruit flavor to your favorite smoothies.
  • Cocktails: Soft star apple fruit is exceptional in light, crisp cocktails with delicate flavor profiles.

Store fresh star apples on the countertop until ripe, then stock them away in a sealed container in the refrigerator where they’ll last for up to two weeks. Not only do star apple fans swear by chilling the fruit, refrigerating also keeps them fresher for longer. 

Star apple fruit can also be frozen. To freeze star apples, wait until they are fully ripened then separate the flesh from the inedible seeds and rind. Protect the fruit in freezer-safe wrapping or a sealed container for the best flavor. The fruit will keep in the freezer for about three months.

Looking to buy or gift some of the best fresh, hard to find fruit around? FruitStand is proud to partner with small, specialty farmers to bring you exceptional quality, fresh star apples. To be the first to know when FruitStand is shipping star apple and other rare fruit harvests, join our email newsletter!

Do you feel like a star apple eating expert now? Show us your favorite ways to prepare and eat star apple by tagging us in your culinary masterpieces on Instagram @Fruitstandcom!

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