To put in in simpler terms….Star fruit, also know as Carambola, is a juicy tropical fruit that is grown throughout Southeast Asia. It’s called a Star fruit because…well…if you look at it’s top vantage point, it indeed looks like a star! Star fruit is generally green when unripe, but colors will vary from pale yellow to deep amber when ripe. It has four to six pointed ridges that run from top to bottom, and a soft flesh encased in a thin, waxy, translucent skin, which is also edible.
The Star fruit is mostly consumed fresh or as a juice. It’s also rich in Vitamin A, C, Iron, and also contains a high fiber content. The taste varies from sour to sweet. One way of distinguishing the sour variety from the sweeter ones is that the former has narrower ribs, while the latter has thicker, more fleshy ones. The unripe Star fruit is preserved in many part of Southeast Asia and is used as a traditional remedy.
I’m always trying new and exotic fruits and decided to purchase some awhile back. This is me holding one:
To me, they tasted pretty darn good! Kind of a cross between and apple, pear, and a cucumber. It was DELICIOUS, and very juicy! They’d make an excellent addition to any fruit salad or party entree as they can add a very decorative touch.
Some of their health benefits include:
- May lower cholesterol levels
- Star fruit is known to cure hangovers
- Has been used to treat eye sores
- Star fruit is given to nursing mothers as it is believed to stimulate milk production
- For sunstroke, a piece if the sweet variety is recommended
- For nausea & indigestion, eat a half piece of the fruit and repeat after 3 hours
- High in Vitamin C content, it can be used to ward off winter colds and flu
- It it recommended as a diet fruit because of it’s high fiber & low calorie content
- Star fruit is also packed with antioxidants and flavonoids
Here’s a quick video to learn more about it’s qualities an preparation 😀 :