Starfruit

Starfruit

  • +Description

    Starfruit is also known as carambola. Starfruit is native to Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. The fruit in cross section is a five-pointed star, hence its name. The skin is green to yellowish, slightly waxy and edible. The juicy flesh is yellow, transparent with a single black edible seed. The flavour of the fruit is fresh and slightly sweet and comparable to a mix of papaya, orange and grapefruit all at once. The riper starfruit is yellow and can have some brown edges. The taste is much sweeter.

  • +Availability

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    Starfruit is available from Malaysia

  • +Main nutrients

    Carbohydrates , Fiber, Vitamin C and Water.

Main varieties

  • Starfruit

    Starfruit

    Unlike most tropical trees, the starfruit does not need much sunlight, but does need lots of moisture.

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Preparation

Preparation

Starfruit do not need to be peeled or seeded before eating. Simply wash the fruit, cut crosswise to get the star shape, and eat.

Consumption

Starfruit can be eaten out-of-hand because the fruit is entirely edible. The fruit is also commonly used in salads, cakes, jams, jellies, cocktails or to garnish food dishes.

When to eat

Starfruit is ripe when they are firm and have a yellow skin. It will also have some brown ridges at the edges. The fruit can be kept at room temperature for a few days.

Did you know?

  • Starfruit is also known as “Carambola”. Carambola was originally a Portuguese name, and goes back to the Sanskrit “karmara”, which means ‘food appetizer’.
  • Each starfruit contains only 30 calories.
  • The bigger and more yellow the starfruit, the sweeter the taste.
  • Starfruit is thirst-quenching.