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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Starfruit in my yard and Awards



I did a post a while back of our backyard. We grow lots of flowers but we also grow some very different things. This is a picture of our Starfruit tree. Have you seen one growing? It is technically a large shrub or small tree. It loves warm weather, but can stand cold temps down to the 30's at night. Can you see the Starfruit?



Can you see them now? They look like yellow leaves the way they hide in the center of the tree. Now is the time of year when they bear tons of fruit and they ripen right away and are so yummy. If you havn't eaten one they have the texture of a watermelon and the flavor of a loquat. I personally think they taste like a cross between a watermelon and a cantelope.



This is a close up of fresh ones off the tree. Just pick and wash and get ready to eat.



When you cut across the fruit they look like stars. I think the shape is so pretty in a fruit salad or topping ice cream. I also love to eat them just like they are as a snack. See the little seeds. There are clubs all across the country called Rare Fruit Growers where you can find out information about Starfruit and other kinds of rare fruit trees to grow, or you can grow them from seed. Cut through the fruit carefully so not to cut the tiny seeds. Wash seeds carefully and dry them. Plant them in good potting soil in a pot. They can be grown in a pot for several years. If you live in a cooler climate they can be placed in front of a window inside and when the weather warms put outside in full sun. From seed it will take about 3 to 4 yrs. to bear fruit, but in the meantime they do have pretty leaves that stay green all year long. Try one, they are such fun.

This past week I have been honored with three wonderful awards from some of the nicest people in the world.

The SISTERHOOD Award was given to me by Vanna @ http://lvroftiques.blogspot.com and Susan @ http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com



The Let's Be Friends Award was given to me by Shelia @ http://notesongs.blogspot.com



The If The Shoe Fits Wear It Award was given to me by Heidi @ http://bargainhuntinginthecorn.blogspot.com



All of these ladies are so witty, clever, creative, funny and just downright the nicest people you would ever want to meet. If you havn't visited their blogs you have really missed a real treat. They are very caring and loving and you will laugh, dream and be inspired by all of them. I know I'm suppossed to pass these on to others, so I am doing that just now. If you are reading this, then you are tagged and I would love for you to take all of them. I know you all so deserve it. I do appreciate these awards and all the wonderful people that pay me a visit. You guys make my stroll thru life so much nicer and I sincerely thank you.

60 comments:

  1. No,I have never.I would love to try them.Congrats on your awards?You deserve them and more...Ann

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  2. Hi Marty,
    What an interesting post on the fruit I have never heard of. I am getting educated! Congrats on the blogging awards, wow have you come a long ways since starting your blog! Hooray for you! Cindy

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  3. Congrats on the awards.

    What a neat tree/shrub... They look so good and very cute when you cut them. So when are you going to send me some seeds????LOL I learned something new. I grew a lemon tree from a lemon I bought in the store. From the seed of course. It never made lemons, but I loved the smell. I had it for about 7 years. I then forgot to bring it in for the winter and you know what happened?? I killed it..:(

    Have a great week...

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  4. I've never seen that star fruit. I can just imagine how pretty that would look topping a salad! I wish I had a place to winter one inside. Do they not sell this fruit a grocery stores? I've never seen it in our stores. Congratulations on your awards. You deserve them. laurie

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  5. Hi Marty,
    I would love to have a fruit tree like that in my yard! How lucky you are! Yes, they are very luscious looking. Our grocery has many exotic fruits just recently in but I have not seen this one! Congratulations on your all your awards! I was wondering.... if you're being modest or could you not get the award I gave you? LOL!? Let me know if there was a problem...please! Maybe it was too big but I tried to get it as small as I could? I went shopping today so maybe I'll post my finds tomorrow. Have a good evening!

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  6. Hi Marty, I'm so happy you posted this. It really is an amazing tree (bush, shrub) And that's the best description of the flavor I've heard! I just love them, but they are very dear and I'm sure not as good as the fresh ones right from your yard. Congrats on the awards, could not go to a more deserving person! Hugs, Kathy

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  7. Oh Marty, I am so jealous of your starfruit tree. I want to grow one too. I am familiar with them cause we have them in the Philippines. I wish I could find one I could plant here. It's so healthy and beautiful and the fruit looks so yummy and pretty...Christine

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  8. Congratulations on the awards!!!!!
    I have never eaten a starfruit, but it looks really good. It is so pretty when it is cut. I am going to have to search for one at the grocery store.

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  9. Im loving that plant! Now I want one. LOL Loving their shape when you cut them. I think the twins would get a kick out of that. Now I need to find out if they grow here. Our climates are probably alot alike so ,fingerscrossed, they will grow here also.

    Congrats on your awards. You deserve them :)

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  10. I have never eaten a starfruit...I think I have seen it. It is very exotic looking...Wonder if Publix carries them? I'll have to look. Linda

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  11. I think we would love to try one of these trees in a pot. It gets below zero here in winter, at times. Growing in a pot might work for us though. I've eaten this fruit..pretty and very good.

    Congratualions on your awards, Marty

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  12. Congratulations, Dear One, on your awards! Oh and the star fruit is so beautiful, especially after you've cut it! I've never eaten any!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. I haven't had the pleasure of biting into a star fruit ... maybe one day. The leaves of this tree/shrub look like ficus leaves.

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  14. Beautiful! Star fruit is very expensive in the store. I did not realize it could be grown like that. What a pretty picture on the plate. Congrats on the awards. Thanks so much for visiting my blog so often and for your sweet comments.

    Karol :0)

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  15. Hi Marty, i love this new post , very interesting,i think i might give it a try if find it at a store....xo..silvia..

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  16. forgot to mention..love all the new awards!, you are awesome...xo..

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  17. Oh I love this! I've seen this before in recipes but never growing on the tree like that. I want one! I want TWO!!

    Thanks for your sweet comments, as always...and the punch sounds wonderful!

    JudyBug

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  18. It's a small world after all ..... please email me if you are in Bend for a visit.
    hdwoonie23@gmail.com

    I call Bend a smallish city when I blog about it ....

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  19. Blogging is not only fun, but very informative! It always amazes me that regular people can grow such beautiful fruit in their YARDS! How fun that must be! I planted some strawberry plants last year and got a couple berries,they say by the second and for sure the third year we should get lots more, I cant wait! Congrats on your awards and thanks so much for stopping by, I will keep everyone informed on the surgery date! Have a great evening! Sue

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  20. Thanks for coming by, Marty! When are you going to show us your tablescape using your gorgeous Goodwill finds? I have been waiting...Christine

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  21. Hi Marty...After reading your description of what a starfruit tastes like, I think I'll try one...wasn't sure before...congrats on the nice awards & thank you for sharing! ;-) Bo

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  22. Hi Marty,
    Thanks for sharing about the starfruit. I've seen it in stores a bunch of times but I have never tried it. I think I will now after reading this post. Thanks for stopping by today to visit my tablescape. Your sweet comments were appreciated. Smiles,
    Alisa

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  23. I've never eaten starfruit...it has intrigued me, so maybe I'll try it, if I find it.

    Congrats on your awards, too!

    Thanks for stopping by...I was blown away by the TRAY from Celeste! It is sooooooo much more beautiful in person!

    ;-)

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  24. It's funny, Marty... as I started to read your post I found myself thinking: "Cool! I've never seen a star fruit on a tree before." A few lines into your article and I saw that you'd written: "Have you seen one growing?" It's like you knew I'd be thinking that! Haha! What a beautiful fruit, hey?

    Thank you so much for stopping by our blog recently and commenting in such a lovely way about my "6 things". It wasn't an easy post to write, but it was fun.

    Keep coming by for visits, especially this Monday!

    All the best,
    Victoria @ DesignTies

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  25. That is amazing! I have never seen that fruit before - I wish watermelon looked like that! :) thanks so much for your sweet comment, too!!
    JOni

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  26. I want to plant one of those. They are so pretty and they look yummy too. I live in Bakersfield,Ca. I wonder if they would do well where I live.

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  27. Congrats on the awards girl! That starfruit is amazing...love how it looks when you cut it! Hope all is well in your world and that you are having a great week!

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  28. Hi Marty!! I love this post! I keep thinking about trying to grow starfruit! And congrats on all of the awards...everyone knows what a wonderful lady you are!! Hugs...Debbie

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  29. Congrats on your awards darling..you so deserve them.. What an interesting fruit.. I don't believe I've ever seen it.. Thanks for swinging in Marty and for all your prayers.. they are truly appreciated..hugs ~lynne~

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  30. I've seen a star fruit before but never on the tree. That is so cool. I don't think they'd ever make it up in my climate.

    Have a lovely day♥

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  31. Hi Marty! Hope your week is going well and thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  32. Marty, yes I remember you from RMS. Gosh, I have to have my drapes made or remaded by a friend of mine. I have a sewing machine from Sears and I got it on my birthday some 30 years ago and used in twice. I may have to get working on it and try my hand at some small items. Let me know what you end up designing!

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  33. Marty, some how I'm just now getting this update on my "blog bar".....very frustrating (Blogger, NOT you!! LOL)
    Your yard is gorgeous! I've never been brave enough to try to grow something so exotic....who am I kidding....I can barely grow anything!
    Thank you for being so sweet on my blog!! I just love reading your comments!!!

    {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}
    Robin

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  34. Marty...Congrats on your awards! And thanks for posting about the star fruit. I think I've seen them in the grocery store but didn't know what they were. I love how they look when they are cut...sooooo cute! :-)

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  35. Hi Marty.... I love that corner of your garden on the first pic.... nature keeps my heart close to the Creator.... thanks for sharing a little piece of your sancturary...

    Blessings and smiles

    cielo

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  36. Morning, Marty! Thanks for popping in to see me on this Pink Saturday. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  37. That is such an interesting plant to have. I may have to look into that one.
    Your drapes turned out great.

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  38. Thanks for popping in Marty;) Really nice to have you in blogland now;) Fabric is such a killer once you get attached to it as I have it changes everything!!! Can't wait to re-do my living room with that pineapple fabric;) French xoxo

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  39. Congrats on your awards!! I'm so glad you shared the starfruit pictures, I have never seen them growing before. My daughter went to a birthday party once and they served princess "wands" that were fruit skewers with a starfruit at the top. They were so cute!
    ~Michelle

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  40. Hi Marty, Thanks for checking out my red and your sweet compliments! I love star fruit. Every now and then we will get it in the store. I would love to grow one of these trees, but I think it gets too cold here. Darn! Congats on your awards! Kristen

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  41. How cool is a fruit that's shaped like a star!! I've never tried one, but you've inspired me to see if I can find a starfruit next time I'm at the grocery store :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  42. Hi Marty,
    If you're interested in reading about the biblical garden I had posted earlier go to; warsawbiblicalgardens.org
    To answer your previous question, yes over 100 plants are named in the Bible. Hope you're having a great day and not having to spend too much time weeding! Oh and yes, I do spend so much more time outside in the spring and summer but I will still be online in the evenings....I don't forget my friends! LOL! I hope others are still writing on their blogs regardless the weather.....we'll all be complaining about how HOT it is soon and be back in but that won't happen for a few months! LOL!

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  43. First, I must say I enjoyed my visit here! :) So happy to hear that others do as well...! :) Congrats on your awards :)

    And oo AHHHH nice to see some lush green! :) Love starfruit when I can find it at the grocer!

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  44. Hi Marty!! Oh, thanks for liking my laundry room! You know what? My clothes are still dirty and I still have to wash them! Shoot!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  45. Hi Marty, thanks for checking out my blue and your nice comments! Much appreciated. I am really craving some star fruit! Kristen

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  46. Marty,
    I wanted to thank you for stopping by! My daughter can be pretty funny! My husband says she gets her humor from him, but I think she gets it from me.LOL
    I just wanted to stop by and say hello and have a great week!
    Take care!

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  47. I gave you an award! Check it out at http://andbabymakesthreehumans.blogspot.com/2009/03/awards.html and pass it along! :)

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  48. Thanks for always stopping by, I enjoy your visits. I have never tasted star fruit before but you have peak my interest. This past Saturday was such a high and a lot of work, and I think I am still in recovery mode...and trying to get everything back to its place. Looking forward to getting back into regular routine with my blog.
    Thanks for being consistent. Candy

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  49. GM Marty...Thanks girl for coming by and seeing the New and improved me!! Hope you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  50. Hi Marty,
    What are you up to these days?

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  51. Hi Marty - I've seen those in the store but have never tried them. They do look very pretty cut up - I may have to try one.

    Congrats on all your well deserved awards!!

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  52. Thank you for coming by and your sweet comments,congratulation on your awards.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  53. Wow - those look so cool! I want a star fruit tree! I love how they look when cut!

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  54. I have seen star fruit many times but never had the nerve to buy any! I wasn't sure how to eat em! But I'll be trying them for sure now! They would look so pretty in a fruit salad. I love that star shape! And hmmmm they might even grow here...Not for sure on that though... And you are the best cyber sister a gal could have! *winks* Vanna

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  55. Marty,
    I'm just stopping by to say hello, and I wanted to see if you have posted anything. I hope you are having a great week!

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