Star Fruit


Carambola is a tropical fruit believed to have originated in Sri Lanka and the Moluccas. The fruit can be described as resembling a star or having five "fingers". This crisp, juicy fruit ranges in color from light green to yellow, and can be sour to mildly sweet in taste.

When you slice carambola, the individual slices form perfect stars, which is why it is often used to garnish.


Other names: Carambolier, Carambola, Fuang, Belimbing, Starfruit, Khe, Ma Fueng
Translations: スターフルーツ, نجمة الفاكهة, 스타 과일, כוכב פרי, Bintang Buah, Star Frukt, स्टार फल, Star фрукти, 杨桃, Star фрукты, Звезда воћа, Star плодове

Physical Description

3-4 inches long, greenish yellow with a waxy skin. Five deep ridges along the sides come up to form the points of the star when sliced.

Colors: Yellow

Tasting Notes

Flavors: Sour. Sweet
Mouthfeel: Crunchy, A bit astringent

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: january, february, august, september, opctober, november, december
Procuring: Most Starfruit sold in the US is grown in Florida, Hawaii, California, and the Caribbean.



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