Star fruits can taste sweet or sour depending on their ripeness.
The fruit should be plump and firm.
These are delicious by themselves or paired with other fruits in a salad. Great as garnish or dressed with salt.
½ cup pineapple juice
4 carambolas (star fruit) cut into ½-inch slices
3 tablespoons ginger syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
2 cups crushed ice
½ cup lemon-lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled
Carambola slices, optional
Place pineapple juice and carambola slices in a blender and process until smooth. Pour mixture through a sieve and into a pitcher. Discard solids. Stir in ginger syrup and lemon juice then cover and refrigerate 45 minutes or until thoroughly chilled.
Fill each of 2 glasses with 1 cup crushed ice. Pour star fruit mixture over ice and add ¼ cup sparkling water to each glass. Garnish with carambola slices if desired.