Carambola, or Starfruit, as it is commonly known, is a tropical plant that is popular in a lot of Asian countries. It got its name “Starfruit” because a cross-section of the fruit resembles that of a five-pointed star (though some varieties have 3 or 7 “arms”). Depending on the variety, ripe starfruit can either be very sweet or very tart.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Oxalidales
- Family: Oxalidaceae
- Genus: Averrhoa
- Species: A. carambola
- Binomial name: Averrhoa carambola
- The starfruit tree folds its leaves at night
- The entire starfruit is edible from the skin, flesh, and even the seeds.
- Starfruit inhibits the CYP3A4 enzyme that is responsible for metabolism of most medication. This is why starfruit should be avoided when taking medication.
- The starfruit tree blooms the whole year-round.