Star fruit, also known as carambola, is a star-shaped tropical fruit with sweet and sour flavor. Star fruit is a small, bushy evergreen tree that grows very well under hot, humid, tropical conditions.
The plant bears small lilac colored, bell-shaped flowers in clusters which subsequently develop into oblong shaped fruits with characteristic five angled edges (sides or ribs) that appear like a starfish in cross sections.
Carambola fruit features light-green to yellow with attractive smooth waxy surface. Inside, it’s crispy, and juicy pulp can either be mildly sweet or extremely sour depending upon the variety.