The Carambola is an ellipse-shaped fruit with 5 (or more) defined ridges. When cut from the side, the flat area looks like a star, which is where it gets its nickname, “starfruit”. The Carambola grows well in warmer climates but this means that young plants will easily perish in places where frost or chilly seasons can occur.
The tree and its fruits are classified as a subtropical variety of plant. Because of this status, it is found in many Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka to name a few.
While they are a subtropical plant species, they can wither away if there are constant, hot winds blowing across the area. Intense flooding can also lead to the plant’s untimely death, taking its delicious, sour-sweet fruits with it.
For people who want to raise one of their own, make sure the plant has a lot of sunlight for optimal growth potential. They can be planted in containers or large pots due to their size, which is a bit on the small size when it comes to fruit trees. This makes them easy to move when the weather gets especially too much for it.
The fruit, along with its waxy peel, provides a good amount of dietary fiber. The dietary fibers help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
Star fruit and its juice is often recommended in many folk medicine in Brazil as a diuretic (to increase urine output), expectorant, and to suppress cough.