Star fruit (or carambola) is a fruit native to India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. It is also grown in other tropical areas such as Southeast and East Asia, Brazil, Guyana or even Hawaii.
Star fruit is more suitable for consummation when ripe. Ripe fruit is yellow with light tinges of green and it also has brown ridges at the five edges. It still should feel firm when squeezed. When there are visible brown spots on the fruit, it means it is overripe.
Before eating, rinse the fruit under running water. Put the fruit vertically on the cutting board and while holding it cut off the brown ridge along each edge. It is recommended to use a sharp knife. Then, turn the star fruit on its side and start slicing it. When sliced, remove seeds found inside the fruit. Now, the star fruit can be consumed.
Star fruit can be also cooked or used fresh for making juices, cocktails, fruit salads, wine, desserts or as an edible garnish for all sorts of meals. Furthermore, star fruit can be eaten as a dried fruit, which is very delicious.
Advantages of Star fruit
Star fruit is extremely juicy, low on calories, contains lots of fiber and is full of antioxidants and flavonoids, hence making it a very healthy fruit.