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Star fruit, also known as carambola, is a star shaped tropical fruit with sweet and sour flavor.

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The fruit is popular throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and parts of East Asia and is rapidly gaining popularity, especially in the western world.

This fruit acquired its name from the five pointed star shape when cut across the middle.

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Carambolas are best consumed shortly after they ripen, when they are yellow with a light shade of green or just after all traces of green have disappeared.

The flesh is juicy and crunchy, and may be eaten skin, seeds and all or used as a garnish, in salads and in relishes and preserves.

When used in cooking, green fruit are frequently used for their sourness. The juicy flesh is mostly water and does not hold up well when heated.

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Fun facts

:black_small_square: Star fruit is harvested when the green fruit has a tint of yellow.

:black_small_square: When the fruit is cut crosswise, it forms a perfect star.

:black_small_square: Star fruits do not need to be peeled or seeded – they can be eaten whole.

:black_small_square: Two varieties of star fruit are grown – tart and sweet.

:black_small_square: Early English travelers called the star fruit the “cucumber tree” when discovering the plant in Asia.

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Make Star Fruit Part of Your 5 a Day Plan

  1. Add to fruit salads.

  2. Use for tarts, preserves, chutney and stewed fruits.

  3. Garnish chicken, pork or fish dishes.

  4. Garnish beverages.

  5. Add to your fruit smoothies.

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Health Benefits of Star Fruit

Carambola is rich in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C; and low in sugar, sodium, and acid. It is also a potent source of both primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants. Averrhoa carambola has both antioxidant and antimicrobial activities.

  • One of the most important benefits of star fruit is reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. This is because of the fruit’s high content of polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants are also known to help in the prevention of cancer.

  • The fruit helps in lowering cholesterol.

  • It prevents and treats constipation as it helps add bulk and moisture to feces.

  • It helps in managing symptoms of jaundice.

  • Given its anti microbial property, the fruit also shows promising results in treating infection caused by bacteria such as staph, salmonella, and e coli.

  • The water extracted from the leaves and roots by boiling, helps in the treatment of headaches, ringworm, and chickenpox.

  • Manages hangover, and** prickly heat in summers**.

  • Star fruit is also known for its property of treating sore eyes, and stimulating milk in nursing mothers.

  • Scientists believe that this fruit might have a significant role to play in slowing down ageing thus, delaying the onset of signs such as wrinkling or sagging of skin.

  • Sunstroke, nausea, indigestion, and symptoms of colds and flu can be managed by the help of this fruit.

  • Helpful in losing weight.

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As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.