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Star Fruit (carambola)

Why Eat It
Nutrition Chart


Why Eat It

A ready made garnish, the golden-yellow carambola, when sliced crosswise, yields perfect five-pointed-star-shaped sections--hence its nickname, star fruit. Its sweet-tart flavor is like a blend of several fruits--plums, pineapple, grapes, and lemons. This elliptical, deeply ribbed fruit, 2" to 5" long, originated in Southeast Asia but is now grown in Florida. Carambola is an excellent source of vitamin C, supplying 35% of the Daily Value in 3 1/2 ounces, which is equal to a small whole fruit or about 2/3 cup sliced.

You'll find carambolas in specialty produce stores and some supermarkets from fall through late winter. Look for shiny, well-shaped fruit. The skin on unripe fruit is green, but ripening at room temperature will turn it a deep, glowing gold and the fruit will develop a fragrant aroma. Slice the unpeeled fruit and remove the seeds; use the slices as a garnish for salads, poultry, desserts or beverages. Carambola slices can also be quickly sauteed and served as a condiment or dessert topping.

Nutrition Chart

Star Fruit/1 large

42
Total fat (g)
0.4
Saturated fat (g)
0
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0.2
Dietary fiber (g)
3.4
0.7
Carbohydrate (g)
10
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
3


Date Published: 04/21/2005
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