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Carambola    Description Top of Page

FAMILY: Oxalidaceae
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Averrhoa carambola
COMMON NAME:Carambola, Star Fruit

Carambola is a three to four inches long, deeply ridged fruit with star shaped cross section. It has waxy yellow skin with translucent juicy,yellowish flesh.

Carambola    Nutritional Value Top of Page

Carambolas are good source of dietary fiber.

It is high in Vitamin C and good source of Vitamin A.

Carambola    Health Benefits Top of Page
Carambola can help to reduce blood pressure and cholestrol.
Carambola    Varieties Top of Page
Arkin is the leading commercial variety.Fwang Tung,Golden Star, Maha, Sri Kembanqan (Kembangan) are some other varieties.
Carambola    Botanical Facts Top of Page
Carambola tree is an evergreen tree,grows upto 20 to 30 feet.Carambola flowers are pink in color and have five petals and sepals. Taiwan,Malaysia,Guyana,India,Philipines,Australia are the major producers.
Carambola    Select and Store Top of Page
Look for shiny,firm fruit. Ripe fruit is yellow to greenish yellow in color. Browning along the fins are normal.
Carambola    Uses Top of Page
Ripe fruit is good to eat out of hand.It is also used for pickling,in salads and to make jam and jellys.
Carambola    Nutrition chart Top of Page

* Amount in 100 grams of edible portion

ENERGY (kilocalories) 31
WATER(grams) 91.38
FAT(grams) 0.33
PROTEIN(grams) 1.04
FIBER(grams) 2.8
Fat Soluble:
Vitamin A (mcg-RAE) 3
Vitamin D -
Vitamin E (mg) 0.15
Vitamin K (mcg) -
Water Soluble:
Vitamin C (mg) 34.4
Vitamin B
Riboflavin (mg) 0.016
Pyridoxine(B6) (mg) 0.017
Calcium 3
Iron 0.08
Magnesium 10
Phosphorus 12
Potassium 133
Sodium 2
Zinc 0.12
Copper 0.137
Manganese 0.037
Carambola    Web reference Top of Page
California Rare Fruit Growers

Fruits of Warm Climates

University of Florida-EDIS