How to Dehydrate Star Fruit:

Star fruit, or carambola, is a sweet fruit eaten like an apple but with a consistency almost like a big grape! Ripe star fruit should be yellow or with a slight amount of green tint, but without any brown spots (overripe). Dehydrating is simple. Then, you can eat the dehydrated product for a sweet on-to-go snack, or store for long term and rehydrate with boiling water to make relish, jams/preserves, or pickle it! It is sometimes baked into fish dishes in parts of China as well!

They will last many years if stored properly. Store in a jar with oxygen pack, or vacuum sealed bag. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Note: this fruit does not hurt the kidneys, but should be avoided in those who already have significant kidney problems.


  • Slice into 1/4 or 1/8 inch thick slices.
  • Evenly spread on your dehydrator tray.
  • Coat evenly with a thin coat of lemon juice. For ease, hold the tray over the sink and use a lemon juice bottle with spray cap. 
  • Dehydrate at 125 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 hours.
  • Store in a vacuum and Mylar bag for later use in recipes, or eat as is!

Dryness Check:

A properly dehydrated star fruit chip will “click” when dropped on the table, and should feel dry and not sticky to the touch. They will also be somewhat malleable and can be torn in half but not crumbled. If yours do not feel this way, just put them back in the dehydrator for a few more hours!


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