The Star Fruit (La carambole)
The star fruit also known as the “Carambole” is very popular in Guadeloupe Archipelago. The juice and sorbet are highly appreciated by the population. Let’s take a closer look to this star-shaped fruit.
Origin & Description
Although this juicy tropical fruit is native to Asia, the tree is also cultivated in tropical areas such as the Caribbean, South America and the Southern United States. Star fruits are oval shaped, 2 to 6 inches in length with about 5 prominent longitudinal ridges. When cutting the fruit into cross sections, the slices are star-shaped. The skin is thin and smooth with a light to dark yellow colour when ripe. The flesh is translucent, crunchy and extremely juicy with a light yellow to yellow colour. There are up to 12 flat light brown seeds 6 to 13 mm long. In terms of taste, the flavour ranges from very sour to slightly sweet.
Star fruits can be easily eaten out of hand as you won’t need to peel or seed them beforehand. In Guadeloupe Archipelago, star fruits are generally consumed in juices, jams, sorbets, sauces and punch. With their original star shapes, they are also ideal to garnish and decorate dishes and desserts. Star fruits can be prepared in many other ways for instance, in China and Thailand they are cooked as a vegetable with fish or shrimp.
Nutrients content and Health benefits
The star fruit has an extensive list of essential nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins required for well-being. Star fruit is rich in vitamins such as vitamin B and vitamin C, that is essential to boost your immune system and fight against cold or flu. In addition to that, the fruit is full of antioxidants and flavonoids as well as minerals including potassium, phosphorus, zinc and iron.
The star fruit is accessible in Guadeloupe Archipelago throughout the year. Don’t miss it when visiting by simply ask “une carambole” or “un jus de carambole”.