Carambola

February 22nd, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you’re so healthy that you do that yoga with the heat turned up to 100 degrees and you feel guilty when you eat strawberries, then this is the fruit for you!

The Carambola, or Star Fruit, comes in tart varieties and sweet varieties. The sweet only has 4% sugar though (compared to a speckled and ripe banana, which can have up to 90% – yee haw!). So I’m thinking this so-called “fruit” really should surrender its title and just slink on over to the vegetable aisle. Perhaps it could just make friends with the rutabagas.

sliced-carambolas
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★★

Green and yellow cylindrical fruit in the shape of a star. Lots of brown edges and bruises.

AROMA Rating: ★★★☆☆

Lightly lemony.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Firm, crunchy and juicy – a bit like a firm grape.

TASTE Rating: ★★★☆☆

This reminds me of a slightly sweet, slightly sour, juicy, lemony bell pepper.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

This fruit just screams pizazz the second you see it.  And then you taste it…and it mumbles “meh”. On the bright side, it makes an amazing garnish and I’m sure it would liven up dessert soups and salads. But seriously, who cares about salad when you can slice these and put them on the edge of champagne glass. Oooh la la.

FRUIT
Carambola
PEAK
All Year
PROVIDED BY
Specialty Produce
VARIETY
Unknown
GROWN
California
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RECIPES

Pickled Carambola
Dessert Pizza with Mango, Peaches and Star Fruit

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  • Josh Feb 25, 2010 at 10:36 am

    This fruit looks absolutely gorgeous, even if I didn’t eat it I’d still love to gawk at it for evenings on end. Wonder how hard it is to grow/buy them in the UK.

    By the way, how do you peel them?

  • Fruit Maven Feb 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Ah – you don’t have to peel them, just rinse them clean. They are very similar to bell peppers in texture/peel/flesh, just a bit juicier.

  • Mark Feb 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Tried this fruit in Moorea Tahiti in the form of a smoothie … the tangy sweet and sour taste was fabulous enhanced by some other sweeter fruits in the combo.

  • Minh Jun 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I grew up with this fruit as a kid in Viet Nam (The Vietnamese name for it is “Khế” if you are interested). I mostly eat them raw with a sprinkle of salt. My mom can make amazing salads and soup with them also.
    Candied starfruit makes cool looking and delicious snack for kid too.
    Thin slices over margarita tastes delicious and is a wowzer at parties.

    I have to agree that they don’t really have much of a flavor; but I think it get an advantage over other fruits just because of its look. :)

  • Fruit Maven Jun 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Ohhhh Minh – I love the idea of candied carambola. I need to try that. Brilliant!

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