Star fruit is also known as carambola and it is the star of tropical fruit with a sweet and sour taste. Carambola comes from the Malay Peninsula and is grown in many countries in South-East Asia, the Pacific Islands and China. Although abundant and plentiful, carambola is still gaining popularity, especially in the western world. Averroa is the scientific name of carambola which includes two well-known sorrel of (Kislichnaya) family of fruit trees, carambola and bilimbi (cucumber tree). Fruit is recognized as belimbing Manis whic is mainly found in many parts of Southeast Asia region and Kamrakh, India.
Star fruit is a small, fluffy evergreen tree that grows well in hot, humid tropical conditions. The plant has small purple bell-shaped flowers in clusters, which later develop into oblong fruits with characteristic five angular edges (sides or edges) that appear as starfish in sections. Sweet and sour varieties begin to occur in cultivated gardens, and is ready for harvest when the plants reach about 3-4 years.
Star fruit is one of the most low-calorie exotic fruits. 100g of fruit provides only 31 calories, which is significantly lower than for all other popular tropical fruits. However, it has an impressive list of essential nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins necessary for prosperity.
Fruits with its waxy peel skin provides a good amount of dietary fiber. Cellulose helps prevent the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine. Dietary fibers also help to protect colonic mucosa from the effects of toxic substances, which associated with cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
Carambola Star Fruit gallery