and Vanilla Carambola
or "star fruit," is an exotic fruit grown in the Caribbean, Hawaii and
Asia. This fruit of a tropical evergreen tree native to India and Malaysia has a
flavor that is enhanced when infused with vanilla syrup, orange juice and
cinnamon. Once sliced, the fruit resembles little stars which can also be used
to decorate fruit salads, fruit plates, tall fizzy drinks, punch and appetizers.
Look for 5-inch long skinny carambola with close ribs for small stars. This
fruit is also known as a star apple.
2 carambola or star fruit
¼ cup sugar
1 cup vanilla syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
Rinse fruit and cut into thin slices, place in medium bowl.
2. Top with sugar, vanilla syrup, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
3. Rinse orange in warm water. Remove peel with a zester.
Squeeze orange and add juice and zest to vanilla syrup.
4. Stir, then refrigerate overnight. When giving as gifts, divide
syrup, cinnamon and cloves between the two jars.
5. Refrigerate until you give the gift and let the recipient know
to keep the fruit refrigerated. Use within a week.
Hint: Kitchen Krafts catalog has 8 oz. jars with colorful lids.
Makes 2 (8-ounce) jars