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Time to pick star apples!

January 28, 2013

Do you remember my blog on budding star apples (Chrysophyllum cainito, Sapotaceae) from August 24th last year? We have enjoyed its ripe fruits for two days now.

Although an all purple fruit looks nicer in a fruit bowl, you can pick it already when it begins to change colours. The softness is a good indicator for maturity. Our tree which we planted five years ago on my son Mika’s birthday made its virgin fruits almost on time for his 5:th birthday (10 days after). The fruits are much nicer than I remember, and indeed we shall proceed with cooking experiments.

Since Dokmai Garden is organic we did lose many young fruit primordia to thirsty insects. The primordia dried out and became mummified, but enough survived for a handsome harvest and the following years will be even better. If you have the time, you can bag young fruits to keep insects out.

Indeed it is hard to shake down the fruits, but a child’s tree should encourage climbing.

Chrysophyllum cainito demonstration.Jan.26.2013.72Star apple is a special dessert, especially if it comes from your own tree.

Chrysophyllum cainito.Jan25.2013.72The cut fruit can be eaten straight with a spoon, or be used for making sherbets and ice cream. I wonder if it will be successful to freeze the entire fruit like with passion fruits?

Text & Photo: Eric Danell

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  1. January 30, 2013 5:50 PM

    I love star apples, but they don’t seem to appear very often in the market. We grew a star apple tree from a seed in our conservatory in France, but left it wtih friends while we were away. Sad to say, they managed to kill it.

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