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Famille :OxalidacéesScientist name : Averrhoa carambolaOther names : Carambole
The carambola is a tropical and subtropicalfruit. The exotic fruit is a species of treenative to the Southeast Asia, the SouthPacific and parts of East Asia. Carambola trees are planted at least 6,1metres from each other and typically arefertilized three times a year. The tree growsrapidly and typically produces fruit at fouror five years of age. The tree is also cultivated throughout non-indigenous tropical areas, such as in LatinAmerica, the Caribbean, and the southernUnited States. In other areas they are usually grown asornamentals, rather than for consumption.Where Does Starfruit Come From?
What Does It Look Like?The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides (usually five, but can sometimes vary);in cross-section, it resembles a star, hence its name.The fruit is about 5.1 to 15 cm in length and is ovate to ellipsoid in shapeThe skin is thin, smooth, and waxy and turns a light to dark yellow when ripe. The flesh istranslucent and light yellow to yellow in colourLike the closely related bilimbi, there are two main types of Star Fruit, the small sour (ortart) type and the larger sweet type. The flesh is crunchy, firm, and extremely juicy.
The entire fruit is edible and is usually eaten out of hand. They may also be used incooking, and can be made into relishes, preserves, and juice or iced drinks. Ripe Star fruits may also be used in cooking. In Southeast Asia, they are usually stewed incloves and sugar, sometimes with apples. They can be cooked with fish or as a vegetable,pickled, or made into jams. They also are sometimes dried in Jamaica. The juice from Star fruits is also used in iced drinks, particularly the juice of the sourvarieties. In Hawaii, they are used to make sherbet, while in the Philippines they can beused as seasoning.How to use the Star fruit?
Star fruit is rich in antioxidants, potassium,and vitamin C; and low in sugar, sodium,and acid. Averrhoa star fruit has bothantioxidant and antimicrobial activities.Scavenging of nitric oxide by the fruitextract is dependent on concentration andstage of ripening. Extracts showedantimicrobial activity Star fruit contains oxalic acid, which can beharmful to individuals suffering fromkidney failure, kidney stones, or thoseunder kidney dialysis treatment.What Are Star fruits Benefits ?