When unripe, the fruits are bright green in color, when ripe they become slightly purple and soft to the touch. It has spread to the lowlands of Central America and is now grown throughout the tropics, including Southeast Asia. Star apple is known to be a prolific fruit bearer; a single tree can produce hundreds of fruit in one season (March to June). It sounds like it would be really good. There is definitely a range of flavors depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Interesting hub and great pictures. Also, don’t eat the hard-as-a-rock black seeds! are around them. You can drink the juice by spooning it out, just never sip it directly from the fruit! If you visit Hawaii in May-June, you will see them for sale at many farmers markets around the islands. It sounds so exotic and delicious! The author lives in a quiet seaside community in lower Puna on the Big Island. I seem to recall seeing this fruit when we visited Hawaii many years ago. Pinpoint your location annonymously through the It’s absolutely delicious with yogurt or cottage cheese! Have not see it in markets here in New England. My email is byronreid6@ g mail.com.I am looking for this fruit camitoor star apple fruit ,I living in the U.K. And never seen it in this country.so please email me and let me know if I could by buy the fruit from you. Its skin is smooth, leathery and depending on variety either purple to red or yellow to green in color. I am quite envious of you having a tree in your frontyard! Star apple is usually eaten fresh. It is already sweet and it is good to taste the fruit. Between its ease of storage and delicately balanced taste, JUICI is truly the perfect apple! The delicate jelly-like pulp is sweet and very juicy. You have better luck finding it at farmers markets (like the Maku’u farmers market or Kalapana night market in Puna) and also try the organic fruit/vegetable section at local health food stores. However, they have a strong unpleasant smell, especially at night, probably to attract certain type of pollinators. Star apple is found growing in farms, gardens, parks, as well as in the wild, on all the islands of Hawaii. Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on July 18, 2012: Hi punacoast. I haven't tried it yet, may be next time when my tree is fruiting. It’s about the size of an apple and has smooth, shiny green or purple skin. Star apple only grows in a tropical or subtropical climate. The tree of this genus is erect, 25 to 100 ft. in length, with a short trunk to 3 ft. in diameter Viet Doan (author) from Big Island, Hawaii on July 22, 2018: I have a friend who lives in India told me that star apple smoothie is very popular in India! Will definitely have to look for it on our next trip to Hawaii. I’m fairly ignorant about the different qualities of the different breeds of apples. Star apple has small, pretty pale yellow flowers. Star apple is not a native fruit tree of Hawaii. Less ripe starfruit will be more The taste of star apple is not only sweet but there is unique sensation like eating the coconut meat. I love this fruit so much and have had them for almost 30 years. Viet Doan (author) from Big Island, Hawaii on September 12, 2018: Thank you Trang Hua for your comments. Answer: The peak season is February-April. Description/Taste Star Apples are round and approximately two to four inches in diameter at maturity. Is a chef doing things with shaved fennel that are out of I've visited a starfruit plantation in Costa Rica and have eaten them dozens of times in my life apart from that. Here in Hawaii, my tree is having its second round of flowering, with fruits from the first round are still on the branches! The gelatinous flesh near each seed is especially sweet and coconutty. If not harvested, the fruits will remain on the tree and eventually dry up into hard little black balls. STAR APPLE Chrysophyllum cainito. However, some trees may produce fruits again in August-September. However, when it’s windy, some over-ripe fruits may drop, and they make a terrible mushy mess on the ground! There’s another variety of star apple in Hawaii that both the skin and the pulp turn brilliant deep purple when ripe. Is your market carrying green dragon I’ll describe how I experience a general apple. You pick it up, take it to the sink and wash it off. The star apple is an exotic fruit with a tough, inedible skin that ranges in color from green to purple, depending on the stage of ripeness. Shape: The fruit is round in shape. Question: It is August here in CA and the other day while driving in "Cambodiatown" Long Beach my wife and I saw a "camito" or milkfruit tree . The inner rind of the purple variety is dark purple and in green fruits white. In Hawaii, birds and rats love star apples; they will devour the fruits on the tree faster than you could pick! Specialty Produce App and let others know about unique flavors that Star apple (botanical name Chrysophyllum cainito) is an exotic fruit with a delightful taste that you should try when visiting Hawaii.It’s about the size of an apple and has smooth, shiny green or purple skin. Aloha! Originating from Central America, it has been widely cultivated throughout the tropical West Indies, Pacific, and Southeast Asia. Star apple is best enjoyed when it has been chilled in the refrigerator. After extensive research and development, the incredible JUICI™ apple was created. So glad the article brought back memory of star apples for you! Weight/size: Size varies from 4 to 8cm in diameter. Come visit Hawaii soon. I like eating it as a fruit with nothing else. your neighbors and the world! He often climbs on the ladder - or sometime leans precariously out the third floor’s bedroom window - to pick the fruits! Cut the fruit in half and use a spoon to scoop out the white pulp around the “starburst” core. Answer: No, you cannot order this fruit from Hawaii. When will be the season for this fruit in Hawaii? History: Originates from the West Indies. Star apple (botanical name Chrysophyllum cainito) is an exotic fruit with a delightful taste that you should try when visiting Hawaii. Star apple gets its name from the interesting “starburst” core pattern that can be seen when the fruit is cut in half. As with the mountain apple or abiu, star apple is rarely seen for sale at supermarkets in Hawaii. Thank you for such an interesting article, voted up and shared. White star apple or Chrysophyllum albidum is a forest fruit that's commonly found in tropical Africa. We're proud to be the exclusive grower of this delicious modern apple variety. Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on July 18, 2012: I have heard of the star fruit before, but have never seen it. She said to blend the custard-like flesh of this fruit with a handful of pistachios and add a dash of nutmeg. That’s why this fruit also well known as milk fruit in some countries. Question: What’s the season for this fruit and if I go to Hawaii where can I buy them? I bet you, it will be heavenly. I doubt that it would grow here in Southern Oklahoma, it gets way too dry. This dark yellowish fruit is usually cultivated in rural areas and is abundant from December to April. This one looks good. Miss them so much. Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 23, 2018: I would love to try this, too. Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 22, 2018: I love star apple so much. The rind and the skin contain a sap that is astringent and will make your lips feel “sandpapery”! Answer: Southern CA stays warm for at least another 2 months, the young fruits will have enough time to mature and will be ready for picking in about a month. Viet Doan (author) from Big Island, Hawaii on July 22, 2012: Thank you sgbrown, bdegiulio, and Movie Master. Grafted trees from a local nursery or air-layered cuttings are better options, as they may bear fruits 1-2 years after planting in the ground. You sink your teeth into Taste of Star Apple Caimito’s flesh is juicy, milky, and jello-like, similar to a persimmon’s.