Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola) aka: carambola, is an oval shaped fruit with five groves that give it the appearance of a star when cut. Star fruit has a thin yellow skin, and lighter yellow flesh studded with small seeds in the center.


Health Benefits of Star Fruit:
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Protection Against Heart Disease
  • Due to the presence of oxalic acid star fruit can be dangerous to people with kidney problems who cannot filter out the acid. Star fruit also contains chemicals which can increase absorption of certain kinds of drugs, and so it is best not to consume them if on medication.
    *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Star Fruit, and may not necessarily be related to Star Fruit.

Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Star Fruit: Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Copper |

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Nutrition Facts
Carambola (Starfruit) Raw
Serving Size 100g
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.33g1%
    Saturated Fat 0.019g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 2mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 6.73g2%
    Dietary Fiber 2.8g11%
    Sugar 3.98g~
Protein 1.04g~
Vitamin A1%Vitamin C57%
Calcium0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 61IU1%
    Retinol equivalents 3μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 24μg~
    Beta-carotene 25μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 0μg~
Vitamin C 34.4mg57%
Vitamin E 0.15mg1%
Vitamin K 0μg0%
Vitamin B12 0μg0%
Thiamin 0.014mg1%
Riboflavin 0.016mg1%
Niacin 0.367mg2%
Pantothenic acid 0.391mg4%
Vitamin B6 0.017mg1%
Folate 12μg3%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 12μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 12μg~
Choline 7.6mg~
Lycopene 0μg~
Lutein+zeazanthin 66μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.08mg0%
Magnesium 10mg3%
Phosphorus 12mg1%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 133mg4%
Zinc 0.12mg1%
Copper 0.137mg7%
Manganese 0.037mg2%
Selenium 0.6μg1%
Water 91.38g~
Ash 0.52g~

Useful Stats
Percent of Daily Calorie Target
(2000 calories)
1.55%
Percent Water Composition 91.38%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.15g

How to choose Star Fruit: Look for brightly colored star fruit that are a little soft and flexible. Avoid overly crisp fruits as they are less likely to be sweet.

Climate and origin: Star fruit are native to Indonesia and the Moluccas and now grow in tropical climates all over the world. (Zone 10 in the U.S.)

Taste: Star fruit has a very light fragrant taste with a crisp texture.

Miscellaneous information: Star fruit juice can remove stains from linen and can even be used to shine brass!





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