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Star Fruit

The star fruit contain five lobes covered in an edible waxy yellow skin. The yellow flesh flavor is redolent of citrus fruit and varies from quite unpleasant to mildly sweet, depending upon the variety. Some time center of the Star fruit contains black seeds.

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Star fruit

Scientific Name:Averrhoa carambola

Resemblance- It seems like a natural dazzle. It is an amazing fruit from the carambola tree. This fruit, when cut crosswise, bears a resemblance of a star and it is appropriately called, Star Fruit.

Taste- Sweet, juicy and different in the fruit category is Star fruit ( carambola ) it is also known as just the ticket. This tropical treat fruit has been cultivated for hundreds of years throughout Southeast Asia. Mostly this kind of fruit is successful in the warm climates of Florida and Hawaii, it also famous for growing audience in even the United States Star shaped structure with perfect five pointed cut of crosswise, will appear like a golden yellow fruit. The edible skin of the fruit is shiny, thin and waxy to touch and taste.


The small medium sized tree is very heavy bearing. It starts fruiting in 2 to 3 years. Planting in full sun in wind protected area with good drainage, 15 to 20 feet apart. The native of this deciduous tree is Ceylon and the Moluccas and it is grown commercially in the warm areas of Florida and California. However it can be grown of zones 8 to 11 in the gardens. It is a fast growing tree growing upto 20 to 30 feet.

Nutritive value per 100 g of Star fruit
Principle Nutritive value % of RDA
Protein 1.4g 3%
Cholesterol 0 g 0%
Thiamin 0.0 mg 1%
Vitamin A 80.5IU 2%
Vitamin C 45.4mg 76%
Potassium 176mg 5%
Calcium 4.0mg 0%
Water 121g -
Magnesium 13.2mg 3%

Health benefits of Star Fruit


The fruit, which is mostly consumed fresh or as juice, is rich in vitamins A and C and it also has iron, and has 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, fleshy ones. Unripe star fruit is preserved in many parts of Southeast Asia and is used as a traditional remedy.

  • It's leaves and roots can help to cure headaches , ringworm, and chickenpox
  • It is mainly used to cure hangovers and prickly heat of Human Body.
  • The fruit has been used to treat cross eyes
  • The star fruit is said to stimulate the flow of milk. Hence it is commonly given to Nursingmother's.

star fruit Star Fruit Recipes

1. StarFruit Upside Down Cake

StarFruit Upside Down Cake
  • 3 to 4 star fruit, sliced.
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted.
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar.
  • juice of 2 passion fruit.
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened.
  • 1 cup sugar & 2 eggs & 1/2 cup milk.
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder.
  • 1 teaspoon each of vanilla and almond extract.


Heat the Mixture in oven to 350F. Arrange slice star fruit in bottom of a greased 9 inch cake pan as close as possible. Mix together 1/4 cup butter on cake, brown sugar and passion fruit juice and pour into pan, turning so mixture covers bottom. Make a paste together 1/2 cup of butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well. Mix together dry ingredients. Add flour mixture, alternately with milk, to butter mixture. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until cake pulls away form sides of pan. Let cool for five minutes before invert onto serving plate.

2.Star Fruit Chutney

Star Fruit Chutney
  • 2 cups cubed star fruit.
  • 1/4 cup sugar.
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine.
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled ginger root.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar.

Combine all ingredients in a medium pan and rouse well. Bring to medium high heat and cook 25 minutes or until slightly thickened of mixtures. Makes 1 cup.

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