Carambola (1 Case)
Curiosities about starfruit:
Starfruit is native to tropical China, where it is known as “ ma-laxi .” In the 16th century it was introduced to the Caribbean, where it later became known as carambola, a term that derives from a Spanish word which was itself of Portuguese origin. Starfruit is thought to be a cross between dragon apples and mangoes. It is a plant of the Oxalidaceae family, it is supported by a very strong branch, with oval-shaped leaves.
The shape of the carambola is particularly popular, one of the reasons why it is so popular in the kitchen is its rectangular shape, similar to that of a five-pointed star. It also has an intense aroma and a sweet-sour taste that many people find particularly inviting.
Benefits of Carambola:
It is a fruit very rich in nutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It has very interesting nutritional properties and medicinal uses. Below are the most important:
1. Rich in nutrients : Starfruit is rich in vitamin C, organic acids, flavonoids, potassium and various B vitamins. It also contains complex carbohydrates, such as natural sugars.
2. Contains Antioxidants : Starfruit contains high concentrations of carotenoids, tannins and polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
3. Benefits for the digestive system : Starfruit contains a large quantity of dietary fibre, which helps to increase the speed of intestinal transit.
How is carambola used in cooking?
Starfruit can be used in several ways in the kitchen. It can be added to a salad to give a touch of acidity, cut and used as a decoration , or cut into slices to be grilled or steamed and served as an accompaniment to meat or fish. It can also be used to prepare a thirst-quenching fruit juice , added to a fruit salad or blended in the blender to obtain a smooth drink.