Wet and Intermediate zone
Sri Lanka or Moluccas, Indonesia
sweet, succulent and slightly tart
Used in Ayurvedic practice to treat bleeding disorder, excessive thirst, haemorrhoids, fever, burning sensations, tonsillitis, headache, skin diseases and dysentery. Starfruit’s hypoglycaemic properties help control blood glucose levels while its anti-inflammatory properties help combat skin disorders. A 2006-study revealed that starfruit extract possesses anti-ulcer properties and protects the gastric mucosa. The extracts also fight e coli and staph infections.
Starfruit is also known as ‘Carambola’. The name is derived from the Sanskrit name ‘Karmaranga’ which means ‘food appetizer’. If you are trying an array of dishes at your next dinner, have a bit of starfruit to reset your taste buds. Starfruit is also a great substitute for tamarind.
Sautee starfruit with tofu or other mock meats using a seasoning of lemon grass, ginger, garlic, green chilli, and coconut oil.
For a great tasting breakfast, add dried starfruit to your cereal. Goes greta with trail mixes too!
Starfruit juice complements other tropical fruit juices, such as guava, passion fruit, pineapple, kiwi, and mango. For fun alcoholic choices, blend with rum or coladas.
Delight your family with a delicious dessert by stewing starfruit in sugar along with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, anise and clove.