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Ripe Carambolas, also known as starfruit, the fruit of Averrhoa carambola tree: vertical, side and cross section profiles. The fruit in cross section is a five-pointed star, hence its name.

Besides being very pretty and a popular garnish, caramboles or star fruit are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. They originally came from southeast Asia and grow in the tropics, and have a tart, slightly acidic taste.

You can find them in the bigger supermarkets among the exotic fruit. in Asian grocers, and in a lot of places during the Christmas season.

Fruit and nuts

Text © Dana Facaros

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