Star Fruit – Averrhoa Carambola

Star Fruit, also known as Carambola,   is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree, that is native to tropical South East Asia. The fruit is commonly consumed in parts of Brazil, all through Asia and the Caribbean. The tree is cultivated and taken as a cherished fruit throughout all the tropical areas of the world.

Carambola is known by many other names like ‘ balimbing’ in Southeast Asia, ‘ma fen’ in China, ‘kamaranga’ or ‘kordoi’ in India, and ‘carambolo’ in Spanish-speaking countries for as example. The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides usually 5 to 6 in number, when cut in cross-section, it resembles a star, giving its name as star fruit.

The entire fruit is edible, including the slightly waxy skin. The flesh is crunchy, firm, and extremely juicy. star fruit tastes sour but if allowed to be ripen, it becomes sweet. It is usually eaten raw but can be cooked or made into relishes, preserves, garnish, and juices.

All through Asia, this fruit is eaten as a mouth watering tropical delight. Since the juice is acidic sour in flavour, it can be used to clean rusty or tarnished metal, especially brass as well as can be used to bleach rust stains from cloths. Since its fruit is very unusually shaped, the star fruit tree is used as ornamental tree as well.

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