CARAMBOLA OR STARFRUIT
Common English name: starfruit, five-corner fruit, carambola, golden star, foreign peach, star pickle.
- Spanish name: carambolera, carambolero (tree). The fruit is called: carambola, fruta estrella, balimbín, tiriguro, grosella carambola or fruta china.
Scientific name: Averrhoa carambola L.
Origin: fruit tree native of the Asian tropics. It is believed it comes from Indonesia.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical climate plant. Carambola tolerates short periods of frost. It grows in full sun and tolerates flooding.
Distribution: tropical plant, spread over different regions of the tropics. The major global producers are Malaysia, Israel, southern China (Fujian, Kwangtung, Kwangsi), Thailand, India and the Philippines. It is also grown in Australia, South Pacific, Caribbean Islands, Central America, tropical Africa and in Florida (USA).
Photo of carambola or star fruit
Carambola trunk is short and highly branched, up to 6-10 m. tall.
Fruits are ellipsoidal berries, with five longitudinal ribs or protrusions. They are about 6 - 12cm. long and 6cm. wide. With greenish skin when young, they turn yellow, hard, waxy and shiny when ripe.
The mesocarp or pulp is yellow, fleshy, sweet and sour taste. The fruit has few seeds inside. Fruits weight ranges between 100 and 200g. at maturity.
A cross-section of its fruits shows a star-shaped form with 5 peaks. Because of its aspect, it has become a very popular fruit.
Within the fruit, there are between 10 to 15 seeds.
- Tree (ornamental)
CARAMBOLA NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Uses of carambola
Composition of carambola or star fruit
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