The carambola, or star fruit, is a star-shaped fruit with pale yellow skin which can be used in a wide range of dishes. The fruit is also delicious eaten on its own. The flesh of the fruit is translucent and may contain a few (edible) black pips.
The carambola originates from Malaysia and Indonesia. Our carambolas come mainly from Malaysia.
Carambolas have a sweet taste with a tart undertone. The taste is best described as mildly apple-flavoured.
Carambola can be eaten out of hand as the whole fruit is edible, including the waxy skin. Therefore the carambola doesn’t need to be peeled, although it should be washed before eating. This fruit is also often used in salads, tastes delicious with ice cream and desserts and makes an attractive garnish for various dishes or cocktails.
Carambolas can be stored for five days at room temperature or for up to one week in the refrigerator. Do not store below 5°C. Carambolas are ripe when they feel firm and are yellow in colour with a slight greenish tint.
Carambolas are thirst quenching and contain less than 40 calories.
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Slice the carambola into neat slices.
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