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Carambola is a tropical fruit with waxy golden orange or green skin (depending on variety) and crisp, slightly tart flesh. It has five ridges that run down its length and, when sliced, resembles a five–pointed star. The flavour varies depending on the variety and when it is picked. Some are sweeter than others, but it is difficult to determine the fruit’s sweetness by looking at it, though often the fatter fruit are sweetest. Choose shiny, plump yellow fruit without any damage to the ridges. As the fruit ripens, ridges may turn slightly brown, but this is normal. Carambola’s decorative shape lends itself to fruit salads, or fry in butter and sugar and add to hot desserts. The sour varieties are often used in pickles and chutneys.
Also known as—five–corner fruit, star fruit