Starfruit is a tropical fruit that is native to Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka.
Starfruit is also known as carambola:
- Carambola was originally a Portuguese name, and goes back to the Sanskrit “karmara”, which means ‘food appetizer’.
Starfruit is a member of the Oxalis (wood sorrel) family, and it grows on bushy trees.
The leaves of the starfruit tree are very sensitive to light and touch and will fold up when touched or at night.
The flowers are pink to lavender in color and are very fragrant.
The fruits grow in clusters of three or four on the branches and trunk of the tree.
Starfruits are oval shaped and usually have five noticeable ridges.
Known as starfruit because when cut crosswise, it has a star shape.
The waxy skin of the starfruit is green to yellowish; yellow meaning the fruit is riper.
The entire fruit is edible, and it does not need to be peeled or seeded. The flesh is crunchy, firm and juicy.
There are two varieties of starfruit: sweet and tart.
In North America, starfruit trees are grown in Florida, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Starfruits are rich in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C