Star Fruit - Balimbing

Since moving in to the new rental house we've been blessed with starfruit from the tree in the front yard. Recently it's been fruiting heavily and we've been collecting 20 - 40 pieces of fruit daily. I looked up on line for recipes and now have much star fruit frozen in my freezer waiting to be made into jelly and jam!

James picking the fruit before it falls.

I've been researching about star fruit and found out some health benefits are: - it's low caloric - only 31 calories in 100 g of fruit. - it's high in dietary fiber.
-it contains good guantities of vitamin C. - it's rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrient polyphenolic flavonoids. - it's a good source of B-complex vitamins - it carries small amounts of minerals and electrolytes like potassium, phosphorus, and zinc and iron.

If you have starfruit in your area, try one of these tasty recipes!

Star Fruit Chips

2 firm-ripe yellow star fruit (½ pound)
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Slice star fruit crosswise into thin slices (1/16th inch)
Bring sugar and water to boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Add star fruti, remove from heat and let stand, uncovered for 15 minutes.
Pour star fruit into sieve set over a bowl and drain for 15 minutes.
Reserve drained syrup for making more star fruit chips. (can be frozen).

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Put paper liner, lightly greased, on a cookie sheet. Arrange slices in one layer. Bake until dry - about 1 - 1 ½ hours. Immediately transfer chips to rack to cool.

Thirty Minute Freezer Starfruit Jams

For every 8 oz of jam you will need

1 2/3 cup prepared fresh star fruit 

Ball brand instant pectin

2/3 cup sugar

optional- 8 - 10 sprigs of thyme leaves removed or ½ to 1 whole jalapeno chopped, including the seeds

Stir the sugar and pectin in a medium bowl. Add the fruit and stir for a full 3 minutes. Ladle jam into clean freezer safe containers. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Then keep in the refrigerator for up three weeks or freeze it up to a year.

Star Fruit UpSide Down Cake

4 -5 star fruit, sliced and seeds removed
1/4 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 passion fruit, juiced ( use what you have, star fruit, citrus, etc)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup milk or 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Arrange sliced star fruit in bottom of a greased 9 inch cake pan as close together as possible.
3. Mix together 1/4 cup butter, brown sugar and passion fruit juice and pour into pan, turning so mixture covers bottom. Set aside.
4. Cream together 1/2 cup of butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well.
5. Mix together dry ingredients. Add flour mixture, alternately with milk, to butter mixture. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
6. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cake pulls away form sides of pan. Let cool for five minutes before inverting onto serving plate.