Blue Osa’s Star Fruit Crisp Dessert

Healthy and decadent, this exotic star fruit dessert is a Blue Osa original. Topped with a sweet, yet savory, crumble and tangy cream, your guests will beg you for the recipe . . . and seconds. 

Not familiar with a star fruit? Star fruit — or carambola — is a sweet and sour fruit that has the shape of a five-point star. When ripe (signified by its yellow tint) star fruit is easy to eat because it can be consumed without needing to be peeled or seeded.

We are blessed at Blue Osa to have 3 large starfruit trees that bear their fruits 4 times a year. And when those precious moments come, our kitchen staff is ready to make sweet magic with them. 

Health Benefits of Star Fruit

Starfruit is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, phosphorous, and potassium. They are low in calories but high in fiber (espeically the skin) and vitamin C making them a very nutritious fruit. But their health benefits don’t stop there! Starfruit also has many other healing properties:

  • full of antioxidants – vitamin B-complex and flavonoids
  • helps with metabolism
  • contains oxalic acid which helps with the absorption of some minerals but on the other hand can be harmful to people with kidney problems so check out with your doctor
  • starfruit does not allow toxins to get absorbed and thus protects the colon
  • mineral intake – zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium
  • diuretic
  • heals cough
  • cures headaches and hangovers
Six starfruits piled on a wooden table showing off their star shape at Blue Osa in Costa Rica.

So Who’s Ready to Make a Dessert Out of This Super Star Fruit?!


Blue Osa’s Star Fruit Crisp Dessert

From the Kitchen of Blue Osa

Serves 4 people

* Bake in either individual ramekins or in one large one (baking times will differ)



  • 8 starfruit (cleaned, trimmed and sliced)
  • 1 cup White Cane Sugar
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick


  • 6 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of white cane sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons of freezer cold butter
  • ¾ cup chopped almonds- optional


  • Blanche the slices of star fruit in the sugared water until the fruit is tender
  • Reserve 3 cups of the liquid used to blanch the fruit
  • Over high heat reduce reserved liquid to 1 ½ cups of liquid and line the bottom of ramekins
  • Blend flour, sugars, spices and salt
  • Cut butter using fingers until the consistency is sandy (if living in the hot and humid jungle use a food processor so that your butter does not instantly melt)
  • Sprinkle to cover the tops of ramekins
  • Bake at a 350-degree oven until golden brown and sides bubble (12-15 min for small and 30-35 min for large)
  • Let cool and enjoy!

We believe food should be FUN.

We believe food should be a CELEBRATION.

We believe food should be the FUEL that helps us live our most meaningful life!

Here at Blue Osa, we are always refining our recipes, incorporating the freshest and most local ingredients we can get our hands on, and of course, joyfully sharing our creations with our guests at every meal. 

We put together our favorite recipes for YOU in our new book Eat To Feel Happy And Healthy – Rainforest Recipes That Bring You Joy! so you can experience a little taste of Blue Osa from your kitchen!

Blue Osa's "Eat to Feel Happy and Healthy" book cover.

This book includes recipes that the Blue Osa kitchen crew and Yogi Aaron have developed and refined over the years. It’s chock full of our best breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus as well as recipes for our specialty breads, sauces, dressings, desserts, juices, smoothies, and cocktails! 

Buen Provecho from Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa

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