Welcome to the first in our series on fruits and vegetables. We decided to focus each week on a new fruit or vegetable to introduce Cole, our 2 year old, to fresh new foods and to stretch our own pallets.
First up is the Carambola fruit, or the name with which I was much more familiar, starfruit. An exotic looking fruit, I was able to easily find this at the Stop & Shop near us.
As a kid I remember getting to snack on starfruit on special occasions. It has a wonderfully light, citrus taste to it. The fruit is ripe when it looks like the above picture; mostly yellow with a hint of green and some accents of brown. It can be sliced up and eaten whole, skin and all. You may find a small seed similar to that found in an orange which is easily removed.
It’s a fun shape, it has a light flavor for sensitive pallets and is just the right amount of juicy. So the verdict on is it kid friendly?
Colton ate up all the starfruit and wanted more. I think we have a hit! We enjoyed it too. It was a nice compliment to breakfast, not overpowering and can add a very easy dash of panache to any plate.
How about you, have you tried this fun fruit or have your kids discovered this little gem?