Star Fruit

Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola) aka: carambola, is an oval shaped fruit with five groves that give it the appearance of a star when cut. Star fruit has a thin yellow skin, and lighter yellow flesh studded with small seeds in the center.

Health Benefits of Star Fruit:

    * Increased Immune Function
    * Protection Against Heart Disease
Due to the presence of oxalic acid star fruit can be dangerous to people with kidney problems who cannot filter out the acid. Star fruit also contains chemicals which can increase absorption of certain kinds of drugs, and so it is best not to consume them if on medication.

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Star Fruit, and may not necessarily be related to Star Fruit.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in Star Fruit: Vitamin C, Dietary Fiber, Copper

How to choose Star Fruit: Look for brightly colored star fruit that are a little soft and flexible. Avoid overly crisp fruits as they are less likely to be sweet.

Climate and origin: Star fruit are native to Indonesia and the Moluccas and now grow in tropical climates all over the world. (Zone 10 in the U.S.)

Taste: Star fruit has a very light fragrant taste with a crisp texture.

Miscellaneous information: Star fruit juice can remove stains from linen and can even be used to shine brass!


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