Friday, August 26, 2011

Swinging on a Starfruit...

"Would you like to swing on a star...
carry moonbeams home in a jar?"
Know that song sung by Bing Crosby?
Well, while we can't swing on a star...
we can swing from a starfruit tree.
Have you ever had a starfruit?
Sometimes, they are called "five-fingers" or...
carambola.
The starfruit grows from a tiny, pretty flower no bigger than a little finger.
It grows usually in bunches, in the shape of a five point star.
You see what I mean?
Starfruit.
"Five-fingers"
But, there is something about the name "carambola" that rolls off the tongue so nice.
It is a beautiful green color that camaflouges against the leaves of the tree.
When it is yellow and as large as a fist...
the fruit is ready to harvest.
We have both the sour and the sweet varieties on our farm.
We eat the sweet right off the tree...
and make juice with the sour...
sweetening the juice with honey from our own bee hives.
The taste of starfruit juice is a bit like...
oranges, pineapples, and pears all brought together.
A beautiful golden yellow color.
Almost too pretty to drink.
May your day, or night be golden yellow.

3 comments :

  1. Another fascinating first for me. This is the first time I've seen starfruit (or shall I say carambola) on the tree... beautiful!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  2. Those starfruit look just lovely - like lanterns hanging in the tree. I've had starfruit in the UK, but they were pretty uninspiring. Probably one of those fruit that are better eaten fresh picked.

    x x x

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  3. I remember my friend's mother singing that song all the time when I was a little girl. :) Love it.

    What fun to see starfruit growing right on the tree! We've only got apples and plums up in our neck of the woods.

    Blessings to you!

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