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Star Fruit - Carambola

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Introduction

Star fruit (Averrhoa carambola) which is also known as carambola, is a tree species native to Southeast Asia. It took the name star fruit because when it is cut in cross-section, it resembles a star. It is an unusual fruit that is getting increasingly popular. It has a sweet and sour taste and it can be used in a great number of different dishes.


History

The star fruit has been cultured in the areas of Southeast Asia for centuries. Asian traders introduced star fruit in other parts of Asia such as India and Sri Lanka and it was later introduced in China, Taiwan, and Oceania. Its popularity enabled it to be introduced in USA, South and Central America, Caribbean and in certain parts of Africa. 

 
Regions

Star fruit is native in Southeast Asia but traders over the centuries introduced it to many parts of the world. Nowadays major producers of starfruit are Australia, USA, Malaysia, India, Israel, Taiwan, Guyana and the Philippines.

  
Flavours & Texture

The starfruit has a pleasant and unusual taste which resembles a mixture of pear, apple, grape and citrus family fruits. Its texture is similar to that of grapes and its flesh is very juicy, firm and crunchy. 


Preparation

The entire fruit including its skin can be eaten raw in a salad, as a juice or smoothies but it can be also cooked.


Nutritional Value

Star fruit is low in calories but high in fibre and vitamin C. It’s very nutritious considering its low calorie content.

Calories per 100 g

31 kcal

Fat

0.3 g

Carbohydrate

6.7 g

Fibre

2.8 g

Protein

1 g

Sodium

2 mg

Vitamin C

52% of the RDI

Calcium

3 mg

Iron

0.08 mg

Potassium

133 mg