Best known in North America as “star fruit” due to its shape when sliced cross-wise, the carambola is actually native to Sri Lanka.
There are many varieties of this fruit grown in tropical regions around the world.
Its flavors range from sour to sweet and are sometimes described as a combination of grape, apple, pear, and citrus.
Unique and novel in shape, it’s often seen as a garnish for other foods.
But star fruit dietary benefits are even more impressive than its shape.
Most notably, the leaves, flowers, roots and fruits are edible and have been used in Eastern and South American medicines for centuries.
Low in sugar and calories, the star fruit is high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants with protective benefits against hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It’s also widely used as an antibiotic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory medicine.
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