Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dried Star Fruit - An Excellent Snack

Generally, I prefer fresh fruit to dried fruit. However, the starfruit is an exception. Starfruit takes on a wonderful flavor and texture when dried. 

Any time you are using starfruit, you should cut off the rips and ends. 

To prepare for drying, cut starfruit into 1/4-1/2" sections.

Place the slices on the dehydrator trays and set the temperature to 135 degrees. Any thinner pieces will dry faster (about 8 hours), while thicker pieces may take up to 12 hours. Store cooled fruit in a sealed container in the refrigerator. These make a tasty snack to bring along when out and about.

We recently purchased an Excalibur dehydrator. We are very pleased with it and find it far superior to the round dehydrators we were accustomed to using. It is a good investment if you plan on drying fruits/flowers/herbs from your yard. We have been making fresh herbal teas and drying fruits ~ all using items grown in our backyard. These starfruit, were a gift from a friend's backyard tree.

Starfruit makes an excellent dried snack! 

Note: Starfruit should not be eaten by people with kidney disease

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