A star of freshness
The carambola, also known as the “star fruit”, is native to Sri Lanka. It is an oval fruit which, when cut crosswise, forms a star. It can be eaten whole, except for two seeds in the centre. Its flesh is juicy, crunchy and tart, with a delicate fragrance. It is perfect for decorating dishes and cocktails. When green, it goes well with raw vegetables, cold meats, salads and fish. When golden yellow, it can be eaten in fruit salads, pies, jams, jellies, etc.
The carambola is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin B3 (niacin) which promotes healthy brain function, regulates cholesterol by lowering blood lipid levels and prevents atherosclerosis by preserving artery tissue integrity. It also offers a wide range of minerals – potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium – and beneficial quantities of zinc, manganese and copper.