Star fruit aka carambola is a fruit I never knew existed until I moved to Florida. The first time I saw one I didn’t think it was a real fruit but a long star shaped object you put in a bowl on top of your dining room table for decoration. When I held it in my hand and felt the smooth waxy skin that covered the fruit I definitely thought it was fake but when I cut into it the flesh was bright yellow and the juice started to seep out on to the cutting board.
I took a slice of the firm star fruit and bit into the crisp fruit as the juice ran down my chin. It was sweet and tasted just like an apple but more tart. I couldn’t believe that it was a real fruit that tasted so good! It definitely looks great as a garnish to any drink but I thought to myself why not incorporate it into a smoothie when it’s in season? It’s full of vitamins and anti-oxidants and it’s a nice change from the usual fruits that go into a smoothie.
This smoothie is great to sip on for breakfast or to enjoy anytime of the day. Not only does this star fruit smoothie have fruit in it but it also have some vegetables as well. You won't taste the vegetables in the smoothie so it makes a great drink if you or someone you know doesn't like to eat their vegetables but know that you need to get in a serving of veggies.
You can even garnish this smoothie with a slice of star fruit as well!
Warning: Those who have kidney problems should not eat star fruit as it harmful to them.
Star Fruit Delight Smoothie
Get the printable recipe here.
Yield: 1 large serving or 2 small servings
1 handful of kale and spinach blend
1 carambola (star fruit) sliced
1 ½ cups frozen pineapple
1 inch piece cucumber
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Note: If you do not have a high-powered blender, be sure to add the greens on the bottom and pulse to combine before running the blender continuously.