The Starfruit or Carambola is a tropical and
This fruit acquired its name from the five pointed star shape when cut across
the middle of the fruit. It has a waxy, golden yellow to green color skin with
a complicated flavor combination that includes plums, pineapples, and lemons.
Two types of star fruit are grown, tart and sweet. Tart varieties typically have narrowly spaced ribs, while sweet varieties tend to have thick, fleshy ribs. The tastes between the two are hardly distinguishable, as the tart variety still has some sweetness.
Starfruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, is low fat, low in sugar, naturally sodium and cholesterol free. Star fruit is a potent source of both primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants.