starfruit, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Seychelles. The fruit is popular throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Micronesia, and parts of East Asia.
Nice to eat fresh, but also delicious cooked or juiced, star fruit is truly one of nature's starry-eyed wonders!
When ripe, star fruit appears mainly bright yellow with tinges of light green. They may have some dark brown along the five ridges -- this is normal. The flesh should still be quite firm to the touch. You can also buy star fruit when it's green and wait for it to ripen -- just leave it on your counter for a few days. When over-ripe, star fruit turns entirely yellow and starts to have brown spots all over.
Star fruits are generally used as a garnish in salads, sorbets, drinks, as well as to impart tart flavor in dishes.
Given their high oxalic acid content and extreme tartness, they used quite less frequently in food the industry.
To prepare, wash them thoroughly in cold water, dry mop using absorbent cloth. Trim off the ends and edges of the ribbed angles. Cut the fruit crossway into thin sections, which resemble like a starfish. Pick out any seeds located near its center.
Here are some serving tips:
Only sweet-variety Carambola can be eaten fresh or mixed with other fruits in salads. Fresh fruit can also be juiced and used in cocktails with other complementing tropical fruit juices.
Sour type fruits are favored in cooking as they impart unique tart flavor to poultry, meat, and seafood dishes.
Cut sections of fresh fruit added to stews, curries, and stir-fries with chicken, and fish and shrimp.
The fruit can be used to make sauce, pickle, chutney, tarts, and jam.
Starfruit contains several vitamins such as choline, folate, lutein zeaxanthin, niacin, antothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamins C, B6, and E.
It also contains trace amounts of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Free radicals and carcinogenic agents in the body may cause damage to cells that lead to cancer. Starfruit has a high content of antioxidants that may help clean the body by neutralizing free radicals before they cause too much damage. The high fiber content in starfruit also cleanses toxins that are stored in the colon and lowers the risk of developing colon cancer.
Starfruit has high amounts of antioxidants and flavonoids which are beneficial to protecting from inflammation caused by free radicals that can cause tissue repair delays. Vitamin C pushes out toxins and helps in collagen synthesis which is an important component to repair and form bones, arteries and blood vessels. This is very important to healing the body and calming the damages that are caused at a cellular and tissue level.
The potassium and sodium in starfruit are important contents of electrolyte and are useful for maintaining blood pressure. Levels of sodium are kept in check by magnesium which is a mineral that regulates the muscle function of the body including the heart muscles. Heart muscles create heartbeat and regular heartbeat that keeps a healthy blood flow. High sodium levels are dangerous and can increase blood pressure. The low-fat content makes it a health food supplement and lowers the bad cholesterol which causes plaque buildup.
Starfruit contains high amounts of vitamin C, which is a water-soluble vitamin that is considered to be the best antioxidant available to the body. Vitamin C boosts the immune system to help ward off colds, the flu, and other infections. Vitamin C is not stored in our body and is used pretty fast when we sweat. Antioxidants increase immune functions by riding the toxins and free radicals that take over our body due to the environment, internal metabolism, and food sources.
Free radicals and toxins are cleaned out of the body by antioxidants like vitamin C, the flushing of toxins created better skin and controls acne. Starfruit juice can hydrate and smooth skin, as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Starfruit is low in fat, high water content, contains high amounts of minerals and fiber. It makes a great snack for weight management dietary routine. The high content of fiber makes you feel fuller for longer and naturally curbs your appetite. Water-rich fruits keep you well hydrated .