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Star Apple (Chrysopyhllum cainito)
Star Apple - Exotic Tropical Fruit - Cape Tribulation

Fruit can be purple or green depending on the variety. When cut in half there is an attractive star pattern. The flesh is sweet and tastes very smooth and aromatic. Comes from the West Indies.

Soil
Characteristics
Wide range of soil types provided drainage is good
Climate Requirements Warm humid areas, intolerant of low temperatures, frosts and wind.

Culture

In fruit fly susceptible areas fruit can be bagged for protection, but the bags don't stop the fruit bats, who also enjoy this fruit. Light feeding frequently. Prune only for shape when young and for diseased branches.
Harvesting Bears in mid to late winter. Fruit are picked when fully coloured (purple) or when softening (green). Fruit picked too early will not mature and contain an unpleasant latex.
Length of time
until first crop
Four years. Grafting and air layering is recommended
Marketing Notes Difficult to transport due to soft nature and short life. High value if successful.

 

Food Preparation

The Star Apple has low acidity , so the addition of a little lime juice will enhance the flavour. Mainly eaten fresh by themselves.

Star Apple Whip

Further information

Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Star Apple
This site is a chapter from a book written by Julia Morton. Gives a detailed description of the different varieties, climate, soil, season, pests and diseases and food uses. You can purchase this classic book Fruits of Warm Climates online from Amazon.

NSW Agriculture - Star Apple
Contains detailed marketing inforrmation and statistics including wholesale prices for Star Apple on the Sydney market, for 1999.

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Last updated December 19, 2013