Star fruit

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Carambola, or star fruit, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to Indonesia, the Philippines, and throughout Malaysia. Star fruits contain 28 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, 0.9 grams of protein, 1% of vitamin A, and 52% of vitamin C. It is an excellent source of healthy plant compounds, including quercetin, gallic acid, and epicatechin. The plant compounds in star fruit have been shown to reduce fatty liver risk and cholesterol in mice.

Star fruit

Interesting facts about star fruit

  • Are you aware that star fruit is also called “carambola”?
  • Are you aware that when you cut star fruit into slices it looks like a star?
  • Are you aware that star fruit has a golden to green color skin?
  • Are you aware that star fruit has a waxy type skin?
Star fruit
Star fruit
  • Are you aware that you can eat the skin of the star fruit?
  • Are you aware that star fruit have an oval shape?
  • Are you aware that a star fruit has five ribs running down its length?
  • Are you aware that the flesh of the star fruit is yellow?
  • Are you aware that star fruit have a sweet-tart flavor?
Averrhoa carambola Star Fruit
Averrhoa carambola Star Fruit
  • Are you aware that star fruit have seeds?
  • Are you aware that star fruit grow well in warm climates?
  • Are you aware that star fruit grow on a tree?
  • Are you aware that most star fruit come from Malasia?
  • Are you aware that star fruit are also grown in California, Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean?
  • Are you aware that a ½ cup star fruit provides you with 20% of your daily recommended value for vitamin C? (Vitamin C is needed by the body to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels, and aids in the absorption of iron.)
Star Fruit
Star Fruit
  • Are you aware that star fruits that are a deeper gold in color, have thicker ribs and a bit of brown on the ribs will usually have a sweeter flavor?
  • Are you aware that star fruit can add a decorative touch to fruit trays?

Nutritional information on Star fruit

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