Hurricane Sandy did a number on some of the beaches in Rincon, taking away the sand right down to the bedrock in some areas. My friend, Judy, lost several beautiful fan-palms on the beach side of her home leaving an eight foot drop off. Fortunately the rest of the property was intact and the fruit trees were unharmed. Judy had one starfruit tree loaded with fruit so I brought home about 10 pounds of fruit for chutney and this jam.
Tropical fruits are very sweet when ripe with delicate flavors and its important not to overcook them or add ingredients that will overpower their intrinsic flavors. A couple tablespoons of fresh grated ginger was all that was needed to turn a batch of starfruit into a jam with just a hint of sparkle. Starfruit tastes like a strawberry with apple tones and has the texture of watermelon or ripe pear depending upon the ripeness.
Do give this jam a try and remember jams make lovely Christmas gifts.
- 2 cups cubed starfruit (about 6 medium sized)
- juice of one lemon
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 2 Tbsp liquid pectin
- Remove stem, blossom ends and any brown skin from the star points of the fruit. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Place in a heavy bottom saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until fruit is tender. If necessary use a potato masher to smash the fruit.
- Add lemon juice and pectin, bring to a roiling boil and quickly stir in sugar until dissolved.
- Add ginger and bring back to a roiling boil for 1 minute more. Remove from heat and fill jars.
- For long-term storage – wash jars and lids in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Keep warm until ready to fill. Fill jars within 1/4 inch of the rim. Wipe the rim and place lid on finger-tight. Place jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Remove to a draft-free area and let sit for 24 hours. Check lids have sealed before storing. If lids have not sealed, refrigerate jam.
- For more info on canning jams check out YouTube http://youtu.be/Os6225I_Lco