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Carambola
(Averrhoa carambola)

Carambola - an exotic tropical fruit grown at Cape Tribulation

Comes from Indonesia and Malaysia. Has five corners and is described as star-shaped, and commonly called the Star Fruit.Very crisp and juicy and a refreshing taste. May be yellow to green, depending on the variety. Yellow fruit tend to be more acid in flavour, and the green ones sweeter.

It is a small tree with attractive foliage, produces large quantities of fruit and is recommended for the home orchard. For those who like the tart variety, "Star King" is recommended. Most of the other varieties are sweeter in flavour.

Soil
Characteristics
Wide range of soil types provided drainage is good
Climate Requirements Warm humid areas - can grow in most parts of the tropics and subtropics. Comes from the tropical lowlands of Indonesia and Malaysia

Culture

Young trees need protection from cold wind. Only light pruning is required. In fruit fly susceptible areas fruit can be bagged for protection. Light feeding frequently.
Harvesting Carambola trees will flower several times a year, with a heavy crop over summer. Fruit change colour slightly when they are ready for picking, but the best check for ripeness is to eat one and see how sweet the fruit is.
Length of time
until first crop
Two to three years. Grafting is recommended
Marketing Notes

Currrently being sent to markets in southern capital cities. Fruit is very fragile and needs to bepacked carefully. Often it is picked too green and the taste suffers. Can be stored in the fridge and will keep for 1-3 weeks.

 

Food Preparation

Carambolas can be sliced up into attractive starshapes, which can then be added as a garnish to fruit salad and fish. It is also a good fruit for juicing.You do not need to peel the fruit, but you should trim each rib and remove the darker green edge which is very bitter.

Carambola Fruit Juice
Carambola Chicken Salad
Carambola Upside Down Cake

Further information

Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Carambola
This site is a chapter from a book written by Julia Morton. Gives a detailed description of the different varieties, climate, soil, season, pests and diseases and food uses. You can purchase this classic book Fruits of Warm Climates online from Amazon.

Californian Rare Fruit Growers: Fruit Facts - Carambola
This page describes the plant in detail and how to grow it, as well as providing a detailed list of the different varieties available.

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Last updated December 19, 2013