Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup


Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

You may find it ironic that I write a dessert blog when I tell you that I am a former Weight Watcher!  What I have learned over time, about myself, is that over eating was never about hunger.  And for me to lose weight was a matter of eating less and moving more.  And to maintain good weight and good health, I need to eat well, eat the right things, and indulge in moderation.  But my passion for baking rarely allows me to cut corners and I always try to use the best ingredients to achieve the best product.

This holds true, even as I work with fruit.  Sometimes I just like to play on the lighter side of sweet.  And this starfruit and ginger recipe is a perfect example.  You may use sugar or substitute with Splenda.  Both are equally good.  But this exotic fruit is quite stunning, and a special way to serve fruit as dessert.  If you have never had starfruit before,  then you are in for a treat. . . . .


Aside from water and sugar (or Splenda or honey), this is all you need:


Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

Yields:  1 serving uses 1 whole starfruit

Level of Difficulty:  Easy and quick!



  • 1 starfruit
  • 3/4 of cup of sugar or Spenda
  • 6 large thyme sprigs and more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 of a cup of water

To get your syrup started, put the sugar, thyme, ginger, and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, while stirring frequently.


Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

Stir for about 2 minutes until the sugar is dissolved.  Then increase your heat to high and boil for 2 minutes until the mix becomes slightly syrupy.  Remove from the heat and immediately add the starfruit and let sit for 5 minutes to infuse.

Meet this beautiful starfruit!


Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

How can you pass up using this beautiful fruit, though I will admit this is my first time trying it!!!  The skin is totally edible, though do you see those brown edges along the length of the fruit?  You want to gently cut off those brown edges, and then cut off a slice from each end.  That will expose you to the beautiful star shape of the fruit.  And you will simply slice it into equally thin slices.


Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

See how pretty?  These seeds are so easy to remove!  Look….I just took a little grapefruit spoon and poked at them and they popped right out without disturbing the look of the fruit.


Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

Prepare the starfruit in advance because you really want to add these immediately to the syrup once you remove it from the heat.  Just stir to coat, and then let it sit to infuse.  When ready to plate, remove the starfruit with a spoon.  Drizzle with any remaining syrup, and garnish with a bit of fresh thyme.


Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

This was awesome!  The starfruit itself is lightly sweet with a delicate crunch.  With my eyes closed, it might have felt like I was eating a slice of apple or cucumber.  Yet the slightly exotic sweet taste mingled with the ginger and thyme let me know that I was savoring something just a little more special.  The syrup was really just enough to coat the fruit, so it’s not sitting in a bowl of liquid.  And the ginger and thyme really balanced the sweetness quite nicely.  For something so quick and easy, this really is a special and elegant dessert.  

Enjoy everyone!



Adapted from Yummy.


  1. says

    I am also not sure whether my blog is another hit and run but sure I have many friends who may not be bloggers and checking my recipes from time to time. Having said that, I have encountered sincere bloggers friends who actually give feedback and you know from that, they have actually spend time reading and understanding the recipes I have shared. For the rest who comment like two words????????

    Starfruit can be found over my place anywhere and anytime, so this simple fruit dessert is within my reach. All the more, I am always looking out for easy and simple dessert recipes.

    • Anne says

      Hi Nava…..we are both fortunate to have those ‘sincere blogger friends’! I love your blog and love that you feature so much more than recipes! I had a really hard time finding starfruit here in D.C. this season, but am so glad I did! This dessert really was sweet and simple! : )

  2. says

    Anne, can you believe I have never eaten star fruit (not to my recollection). I must try this recipe. I love that you’re embracing a new side to your cooking. Although I will always be an avid admirer of the decadent baking and desserts. :)

    • Anne says

      Ramona….I haven’t tried starfruit before trying this recipe. But I am glad I did…it really is a special treat. And I’m not giving up on those more decadent desserts! ;- )

  3. says

    Gorgeous presentation! I know that starfruit has a very unique taste and with this syrup it just puts it over the top!! p.s. you have a beautiful blog!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Linda! I always had this impression that starfruit was sweet and perfumey. But not at all! And the ‘syrup’ is very light as well. And thanks for your lovely words about my blog. It’s really been such a wonderful experience! : )

  4. says

    Aww! Great seeing Kelly and Ann get some recognition over here :) I know I’ve made loads of their recipes and sometimes I forget to go back and tell them how great (and healthy!) they are.

    Love your starfruit. It’s simply stunning :)

  5. says

    Once again, you are so inspiring, Anne! I used to do WW too, and I learned that eating was never about hunger. Now I watch portions for the most part but still indulge quite often! :)

    I have never had starfruit, but this looks wonderful. I will be looking for it!!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Cassie! But truthfully, I had a difficult time finding starfruit this year, though I’ve seen it many times before in my markets here. But if you see it…pick one up….it’s perfect just sliced on it’s own! : )

  6. says

    I really enjoy the taste of starfruit although I don’t have it very often. I like light sweets as they are more refreshing instead of weighing you down and although by looking at my blog you would not know that I enjoy lighter treats lol. I indulge the kiddies… but I could eat a bowl of mixed fruit for dessert any day and be really content. :)

    • Anne says

      I’m with you, Susie….when it comes to desserts…..I’m usually more indulgent! But every once in a while….something lighter is nice, too. And I thought I’d just expand a bit and offer a little something for everyone! : )

  7. says

    I love Ann and Kelly’s websites too. This looks like a simple but beautiful and tasty dish. Sometimes simplicity is the key. Love your photos too.

  8. says

    Anne… what a beautiful surprise… I am so touched by your kindness and thoughtfulness. Even if I can be a whisper of inspiration to some, that means everything to me, so thank you so very much… You know I love your blog and more importantly, the quality of your heart (you get a feeling for these things…).

    I have also been inspired by Ann’s journey and enjoy following her.

    This recipe is wonderful. I am a huge fan of simplicity – a few key, quality ingredients, and you’re on your way. Ginger, thyme and star fruit is a gorgeous combination, drizzled with syrup? heaven. I thoroughly enjoyed this lighter side of sweets ~ but then again, I enjoy all of your posts! xo

    • Anne says

      Thanks Kelly! I can be full of surprises sometimes! But I love your blog and the simplicity of your recipes. And you have inspired me. Your photos are just gorgeous! And yes, my friend, I know the feeling you get about the quality of someone’s heart. And anyone can see that about you when they simply read one of your posts….everything you present is for the good of all of us! I’m keeping life simple this year. But mixed in between my more decadent posts, you will now find some healthier alternatives….thanks to you and Ann! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks and this syrup is light and not very syrupy….just enough to give a little more flavor. But I have to tell you….I was nibbling on this starfruit plain as I was preparing this! It’s perfect on it’s own! : )

  9. says

    Anne – this looks amazing! I never thought to use thyme with star fruit – brilliant! I have NEVER thought of your blog as hit-and-run…it’s more of a oh-my-I’m-in-LOVE type of thing! You make the most beautiful sweets and you’re amazingly talented! Thank you SO much for your kind words… are a terrific bloggy friend!

    • Anne says

      Ann…thanks so much. Starfruit really is good on it’s own. But just a few simple flavors to help enhance it. Thank YOU for your support always….and for your inspiration and for also being a wonderful bloggy friend! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks so much and really….this was the first time for me to try starfruit. I am hooked and hope you will give it a try! : )

  10. says

    This is a great post Anne, and what a pretty presentation. I also like that the fruit is not sitting in the syrup. If you decide one day to just post about bumper stickers I’ll still be one of your biggest fans. Thank you for giving a special shout out to Ann, her blog never disappoints, and thanks for the introduction to Kelly.

    • Anne says

      Thanks Sandra! You know I am a huge fan of the only personal trainer I know who also writes a beautiful dessert and entertaining blog! So those bumper stickers are likely to be singing the praises of Sweet Sensations! I love Ann…and if you love Ann…you will also LOVE Kelly! : )

  11. says

    What a beautiful treat! I have learned that rather than depriving myself of things I love, I do better when I indulge with moderation too. And I love baking–the whole process of baking, not just eating and enjoying the end result. So, if I don’t bake I feel I am depriving myself of that enjoyment as well.

    • Anne says

      Jill…thanks so much and I am glad to know someone who thinks as I do! For me…there is something about baking….starting with individual ingredients and coming out with something spectacular….that feels so rewarding. And other times….baking is just meditative! I always taste what I make….but fortunately I work in a large office and so after I taste….I share! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Stephanie! Even though I write a dessert blog….I don’t sit around eating bon bons all day! LOL But I do believe life is too short not to indulge ourselves in all kinds of treats. And sometimes a lighter dessert is all we need! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Hester! And thanks for all of your inspiration with your beautiful blog and unique recipes! I’m looking to lighten up a little in 2012….in more ways than one! : )

  12. says

    I see starfruit sometimes, but I never buy it; therefore, I’ve never tried it. Shame on me! This dessert is perfect for the new year and for those of us who loves something sweet, but don’t need to calories of cookies, cakes and pies. Next time I see starfruit, I will be buying it! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I look forward to what’s coming in the future!

    • Anne says

      Thanks MJ! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bypassed this fruit at the market, too. Only because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Eat it on it’s own, toss it into a salad….or garnish your cocktail with it…..but I hope you give it a try! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks you guys! I’m always inspired at the start of the new year….but we’ll see how long it lasts! Hopefully I will be slipping something healthy in every month! : )

  13. says

    I couldn’t agree more – all good things in moderation. I discovered long ago that deprivation diets just don’t work for me – they just make me want whatever it is I’m not eating even more. So I eat a little, and give a LOT away to friends and neighbors. But you are so right – starting with great ingredients will lead to a great product, and who says healthy treats have to taste like you’re not getting a treat!

    • Anne says

      Jen…so true! I’m fortunate to work in a big office where my wonderful co-workers are always willing to be my taste testers! So not much hangs around my house! But I’m on a quest to find some interesting but healthier treats to offer. Sometimes you just want something light and sweet! : )

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