I went on the most amazing vacation with my husband to Jamaica this winter. And although I could tell story after story about our adventures there, I was truly taken with the food. One of my favorite places at the buffet was the fruit area. Among the usual fruits, there was an exciting array of fruits that I had either never tried or never seen before.
Star fruit was one of those that I had seen at times in my local grocery store, but never ventured to purchase. I mean really, the tropical fruits are interesting but they are expensive and perhaps not to my liking. Well, at the all you can eat Jamaican buffet, I had nothing to lose so I loaded up my plate – yes too much but its vacation! Well, let me say I truly enjoyed the star fruit. They are sweet like a strawberry but crunchy like an apple. Really yummy! After a little research, I discovered that star fruit have a very short shelf life and yes they are a bit pricey so having a way to preserve them is a must.
Can You Freeze Star Fruit?
Happily, after a little trial and error and I was able to successfully freeze my star fruit.
How To Freeze Star Fruit
I use two different methods to freeze star fruit. The first method involves simply rough chopping the fruit and tossing it into the blender. Be sure to get out any big lumps but don’t process so long that you end up with fruit juice. Pour the fruit puree into ice cube trays and allow it to freeze solid (about 24 hours). Once the cubes are frozen throughout, pop them out and place in an airtight freezer container or freezer bag. My husband loves these for his daily fruit and veggie smoothies and I use them to make a delicious star fruit jam.
The other option is freezing the fruit in slices. I use this method if I’m planning to make a fruit platter for a party and don’t feel like having to run out last minute for some star fruit. The pretty little star shapes really do liven up a fruit platter! Simply remove any tough skin and slice up the star fruit in the thickness you prefer. Give the slices a quick rinse under cold water and pat them dry. Once they are dry, lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and pop them in the freezer. When they are frozen through, they are ready for a freezer bag or airtight container. I don’t let these hang out in the freezer for more than 2 or 3 months. They may do fine longer than that but I guess they’ve just always been used up pretty quickly at my house.