Saturday, April 15, 2006

Starfruit ( 楊桃 / Belimbing)

Another "fruity" post. Going Fruity is always better than Going Nuts ;)

Starfruits aka 楊桃 (in Chinese) or Belimbing (in Malay Language, not "Buah Bintang" though..). Nice, refreshing fruit to have especially if served cold together with a pinch of salt. That is my favourite way of eating this fruit.

Why is it called starfruit? Cos the starfruit has five-pointed star shape when cut in cross section. I can get these fruits at very cheap prices in my hometown (Sarikei) eg. few big fruits for just RM 1. I missed those days...

Selba is very lucky. She has a starfruit tree in her house compound. So, she can eat fresh starfruits all year long...

14 comments:

lzblue said...

your post make me feel like order starfruit juice + salt for my lunch later.

The Yongs said...

Yummy...great "refreshing pics". Perhaps you can plant a starfruit tree too, like your friend Selba? ;)

Chen said...

izblue,
haha.. iced starfruit juice + pinch of salt --> refreshing drink, especially in hot weather ;)

the yongs,
I wish too .. but I'm not staying in landed property :) So, I don't have the luxury (no lands) to plant fruit trees :)

Godknows said...

hehe, I like the way you start your post : Going Fruity is always better than Going Nuts ;) Star fruit in season now, good and cheap here in Hanoi.
Thanks for those luvly pics.

A Fellow Traveler said...

i like mine juiced. young starfruit juice ... good for urti ... thats wht ex-boss told us ...dont ask me abt the "p" tho ... clueless hehehe

carcar said...

star fruit is nice, but not everybody like it. and it is a seasonal fruits right?

and i heard star fruit can help to reduce high blood pressure? is it?

Selba said...

When you have your own plant and it keep having the fruit all year long then you will get tired to eat it... I eat starfruit very seldom, hehehe...

Chen said...

godknows,
Hehe, Glad u like the starting statement & the pictures :) I went to the market today & bought some fruits too, including mangoes and starfruits.

AFT,
There's the belief that one of the remedy for sorethroat is taking starfruit together with pinch of salt. How effective it is depends on how severe is the sorethroat. No guarantee though :)

carcar,
Yeah, some people don't like starfruit. Including my doggy.. He hates starfruit when he was still puppy time, but now he likes starfruit :) Last time he hates durian though.. but that was last time :)

There is no harm taking healthy food or fruits as supplement. There's the belief that starfruits will help to reduce the blood pressure. I guess something to do with the low sodium & high potassium content in the fruit?

selba,
made it into iced starfruit juice then. Add a pinch of salt :) Nice..

Sharl612 said...

I like this too but seldom see them. Many years ago, we had a starfruit tree at our backyard (hometown). We kids always pluck it before it ripes and throw it at each other to play game. Duh!! age of innocent. *lol*

Chen said...

sharl612,
Haha, during my childhood days, we have lotsa fruit trees in our backyard - papaya trees, guava tree, ciku trees (this ciku tree never bear fruits...), soursop tree, buah nona/custard apple tree, mango tree, lime tree etc. The guava tree we had, the guava fruits were small with pink coloured sweet & juicy flesh, not the huge white coloured flesh guava. If we didn't pluck the fruits early, the birds will come and eat the fruits. It the fruits were over ripe, hehehe.. can see worms inside the fruits ;)

Thao said...

Are those ones sweet or sour, sometimes they are just horribly sour ;-)

Chen said...

thao,
the starfruit is quite juicy & sweet with tinge of sour taste :) When eaten cold together with pinch of salt, the taste is... heavenly :)

Pandabonium said...

Lots of star fruit on the mountain slopes of Maui. Very delicious fruit.

Chen said...

pandabonium,
that's nice :) I just bought 2 kg of mangoes today ;) Now is the mango season. Can see mangoes everywhere in the market.