Exotic Starfruit Popsicle Packed With Vitamin C!

Starfruit popsicles on wooden cutting board with yellow 5 pointed carambola fruit

This simple starfruit popsicle recipe is the perfect antidote to a scorching summer day. Just two ingredients plus water, and packed with vitamin C. The perfect frozen snack for summer!

You guys, right now my kids are popsicle obsessed. It all started a few months ago when we moved to Costa Rica- where we call popsicles paletas. We have a Friday farmer’s market, and the produce is so stinking cheap. So I started buying tons of fruit…

Way more fruit than is possible to eat in a week, in fact. So instead of letting it go bad and throwing it away, I started making popsicles.

And I’ve made a ton of varieties- guava ginger paletas, blackberry lime popsicles, creamy blackberry popsicles….just to name a few.

Now the girls are eating paletas on the daily- and it’s guilt-free for me because the homemade ones are all natural. No dyes, no added sugars, and delicious. 

Plus, each year around my birthday, I get to celebrate with Lola’s Cocina for Paleta Week! This is my 2019 contribution to the extravaganza- be sure to follow #PaletaWeek on social media to see some amazing recipes from some of the best food bloggers around!

What Is Starfruit?

Ok- so let’s start with the starfruit. Here in Costa Rica, we call starfruit carambola. It’s a native plant grown here, and it’s in season all year. 

It’s a yellow colored fruit with 5 ridges running down the sides. When ripe, it’s more or a dark yellow. When it’s not ripe yet, there’s usually some green in the fruit.

Carambola is easy to get in Costa Rica, and super cheap (like 2.5 pounds for $1.25 right now). It is most often used to make homemade fruit juices (batidos).

I like to use carambola for all kinds of things, though, because for me it is still a bit of a novelty. I love to add it to the top of a tropical fruit salad, or make it into a slushy frozen cocktail with vodka. As a garnish star fruit just too pretty because the fruit literally makes a star.  

Array of popsicles on a cutting board with starfruit next to them

Health Benefits of Carambola 

Carambola is a citrusy fruit- even though it’s not part of the citrus family. The entire fruit is edible, and it has the consistency of the inside of a grape.

What I love about starfruit, however, is that it is packed with Vitamin C. Since we are having a huge flu epidemic in Costa Rica right now, I am more than happy to give the girls carambola popsicles basically whenever they want. 

Where To Buy Carambola

So if you are still with me, and you don’t live in Costa Rica, you might be wondering where the heck you can even buy star fruit.

I can’t tell you where to buy it worldwide, but I can tell you that I often see it at natural grocery stores like Sprouts. It is a novelty item, so not as cheap as it is here in Costa Rica. 

There is also a company that sells all kinds of world produce, called Frieda’s. You can locate where they sell different types of products at Frieda’s store locator.

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How To Use Carambola to Make A Starfruit Popsicle

Ok so now that we have the star fruit, we need to know how to work with it. Some starfruit paleta recipes call for boiling the fruit to make a paste before freezing it.

I think that’s too much work. I make it waaay easier.  First, I thoroughly wash the fruit.

Then, I just cut the ends off of the fruit and discard them. Next, I roughly chop the fruit horizontally, so that I have a whole bunch of little stars.

I throw them all in a blender and add maybe a half of cup of water. Then I puree it as much as I can in the blender.

Now, when you use the carambola for the paleta, you want a nice and smooth texture. (Or is that just me?) So I use a fine mesh colander and put it on top of a largemouth pitcher or bowl.

Pour the star fruit/water mixture from the blender through the strainer.  Then, I pour some more water over it, pushing the puree down with a spoon or spatula, a few more times. That gets all the flavor through the strainer and leaves behind the rough skin.

From there, you are ready to make starfruit paleta, starfruit juice, carambola cocktail, carambola frosting, starfruit cake, carambola jelly… you get the idea.

Starfruit Popsicle Molds

Finally, I like to have a lot of fun with the popsicle molds. There are so many cheap ones on Amazon.  I also often see them at this time of year in the seasonal aisle at the grocery store or the dollar store. 

The starfruit will definitely settle in most molds- so you have to decide if you are ok with that. We like it because there is a burst of carambola flavor that gets less intense as you eat the popsicle.

If don’t like that style, you might have to boil the starfruit, water and sugar so that it combines better. Then let it cool before pouring into a mold. Just depends on how picky you are.

Starfruit Popsicle Recipe

This simple starfruit popsicle recipe is the perfect antidote to a scorching summer day. Just two ingredients plus water, and packed with vitamin C. The perfect frozen snack for summer!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin
Keyword frozen, Paleta, popsicle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freeze Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 6 popsicles
Calories 40 kcal
Author Christa

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Starfruit/Carabmola Ripe- little to no green
  • 3-4 tbsp Granulated sugar or sugar substitute We love to use Stevia
  • 4 cups water Divided- 2 cups and 2 cups

Instructions

  1. Wash starfruit and cut off the very ends of all.

  2. Roughly chop fruit, width wise.

  3. Place fruit and 2 cups of water in blender.

  4. Blend together until as smooth as you can get it- about one minute.

  5. Pour the star fruit/water mixture from the blender through the strainer. 

  6. Pour some more water over the fruit puree, pushing the puree down with a spoon or spatula, a few more times. That gets all the flavor through the strainer and leaves behind the rough skin.

  7. Add the last up of water to the strained liquid, more or less to taste.

  8. Stir in the sugar or sweetener.

  9. Pour into the popsicle molds and freeze-preferably overnight.

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    Lola
    June 23, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Love carambola – I tasted the agua de carambola in Oaxaca a few years ago and was hooked. These paletas sound so good – wish we had sweet start fruit in Colorado!

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