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12 Healthy Reasons To Eat Star Fruit

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Taisiia Dobrozorova
Written by Taisiia Dobrozorova on August 17, 2022
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While traveling to distant countries and in the nearby supermarket, you can find exotic fruits alongside apples and oranges. The star fruit is the topic of this article. Where does the star fruit come from? When is star fruit in season? And what benefits does it bring to your health? Keep reading to learn all about star fruit!

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Star fruit nutrition profile

The star-shaped fruit comes from Southeast Asia and the South Pacific tropical areas. It is in season beginning mid-autumn through early winter, roughly from October through December.

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Carambola fruit is almost 90% water. So it is a low-calorie product. Nutritional value per 100 g contains:

  •  6.5 g of carbs
  •  1 g of proteins
  •  0.3 g of fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated)
  •  2.85 g of dietary fiber
  •  30 kcal

Also, it is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and micro- and macroelements. Chemical composition of fresh fruits (per 100 g):

Carambola contains organic and inorganic compounds. An enormous volume is accounted for by oxalic acid. Significant glutamic acid content is noted in the plant leaves.

What does star fruit taste like

The carambola fruit's story will be incomplete without its taste. The ones who tried it for the first time will agree that it's hard to compare this taste with other fruits. For some people, the flesh of the carambola is elastic, like that of a nectarine. And the flavor resembles a green gooseberry, apple, and cucumber simultaneously. For others - taste combines plum, apple, and grape in one fruit. Star fruit's aroma sounds like gooseberries.

The juicy and slightly spicy pulp does not darken or oxidize for a long time, so the green-yellow stars will remain fresh for a long time. In addition to gastronomic pleasure, the star fruit looks aesthetic. So it can be used as decoration for cocktail glasses, desserts, ice cream, and pastries. Beautiful yellow stars can accomplish any dish!

How to cut and eat star fruit

Can you eat star fruit skin? Of course! The skin is edible, so it is unnecessary to peel the fruit completely. But before eating, wash the fruit thoroughly. A lot of dust gets stuck between the faces of the fruits, in the recesses.

Cut the fruit crosswise so that you have several 1 cm wide stars. You can eat carambola straight with the seeds and skin, but some prefer to peel the fruit completely. To do this, you need to pierce the center of the asterisk with a knife to clean the fruit from soft stones. After that, carefully cut the edges of the fruit with a thin knife to remove the black veins and yellow skin.

Carambola, like any other fruit, must be consumed fresh to get the maximum benefit from the product.

Health benefits

The rich chemical composition gives the tropical fruit several valuable properties, , , , :

  •  A large amount of vitamin C improves the functioning of the immune system and increases the body's resistance to viral diseases.
  •  Phenolic compounds contribute to the growth of antioxidant activity. Thanks to this, toxins and waste products are removed faster. And the body is cleansed of harmful substances.
  •  Insoluble fibers in the fruit composition slow down the process of assimilation of carbohydrates, thereby facilitating the work of the intestines and reducing the risk of increased blood sugar. In combination with vitamins A and B, fiber improves the circulatory system's functioning, prevents the appearance of plaques on the walls of blood vessels, and lowers cholesterol. A more significant effect is achieved if you use carambola juice to prepare a smoothie.
  •  Eating a star has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. Thanks to thiamine, nervous tension is relieved, especially in people prone to irritability and frequent stress.
  •  Riboflavin has a positive effect on the structure of nails and hair.
  •  Vitamin B5 has a preventive and analgesic effect on colitis, arthritis, and arthrosis.
  •  Quercetin, epicatechin, and gallic acid rid the female body of free radicals. This process has a beneficial effect on the work of internal organs and skin conditions.
  •  The leaves of the plant also have helpful properties for the female body. Masks, with their addition, help relieve skin irritation and remove redness. Fruit juice is used to prepare lotions for oily skin. They effectively remove unnecessary shine and prevent the appearance of pimples and blackheads.
  •  Carambola juice is an excellent remedy for hangover syndrome.
  •  Due to the rich content of vitamins and amino acids, the star apple promotes the activation of collagen production, reduces the risk of developing prostatitis, and normalizes blood pressure.
  •  The fruit contains almost no sugar, so it is recommended for people with diabetes.
  •  Due to being incredibly low-calorie, the star fruit is a perfect product for a weight-loss diet.

Consumption of carambola positively affects the body, regardless of a person's gender and age category.

Downsides

The main threat when eating exotic fruits is a food allergy. The star fruit is no exception. So people prone to allergies should include it in their diet in small portions.

The large content of oxalic acid also negatively affects the body. People suffering from peptic ulcer disease of the stomach, duodenum, colitis, and kidney failure should not abuse this fruit, . Eating more than 3 fruits a day is not recommended for those whose body is not used to exotic fruits. Exceeding the permissible norm is traditionally accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness.

How to prepare star fruit dessert

Each cuisine has its traditional dishes. In countries where trees with carambola fruits are not among rare exotic plants and grow in large numbers, the fruit is used to prepare various dishes.

For instance, Chinese chefs prefer to add carambola to fish dishes. Quite often, ripe star fruit is boiled in syrup and preserved.

Unripe fruits or varieties of green carambola become the base for jam and jelly. But due to the lack of pectin in this fruit, papaya and lime juice are added to the dishes. Malaysians love to make desserts. Fruit stewed with cloves and sugar is considered an excellent filling for pies. Well, the range of ideas with this fruit astonishes. So, before searching for mouthwatering and fresh recipes with carambola, try the Star fruit salad recipe we've prepared for you. Maybe it will become your favorite dessert!

The bottom line

The star fruit is a delicious fruit. It's full of beneficial micronutrients, which positively affect the organism. The low-calorie value will keep you in good health and shape. However, people with specific health problems should carefully consume the fruit. For most people, star fruit is a healthy and nutritious addition to the menu in various forms and recipe ideas.

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