EDIBLE PROPERTIES OF CARAMBOLA OR STARFRUIT
CARAMBOLA AS A FRUIT
What is carambola?
Carambola , or starfruit is the fruit of carambola (Averrhoa carambola), a fruit tree native of Indonesia.
This fruit is a berry, 8 - 12cm. long, ellipsoid, with five longitudinal ribs or protrusions. The skin of the fruit is green, hard, waxy and shiny and it is colored bright yellow at maturity,
The yellow flesh is translucent and has few seeds inside. A carambola fruit can weigh between 100 and 200g.
Carambola has a slightly sweet and sour flavor, with a bitter touch.
When cut, the fruit has a star-shaped cross section.. This peculiarity has made it a popular fruit to decorate cocktails and desserts, and this is the reason why it has been called starfruit.
Where to buy carambola?
Carambola is available in specialized supermarkets, large markets, fresh Asian food stores and specialized shops in exotic and tropical fruits.
The appearance of the fruit should be firm, hard and bright yellow (green color indicates that the fruit is still immature). Sometimes, we can see brown spots on the edges of the fruit, something that must be considered normal.
Avoid buying very immature fruits, those that present too many stains or any damage ones by transport or by insects.
How to eat star fruit?
Photo of a sliced carambola or star fruit
Carambola nutritional value
Add starfruit to your fruit desserts to increase the antioxidant power of other foods. Carambola is a highly recommended food in anti -aging diets.
Contraindications of carambola or starfruit
Because carambola is high in oxalates, the fruit is totally contraindicated for people with gout, kidney disease, kidney failure or kidney stones. There have been cases of people with kidney problems who have suffered poisoning because they have ingested oxalates from carambola juice.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.