Carambola: Properties and Benefits

The tree of the carambola, Carambola Averrhoa scientific name, is an evergreen belonging to the family of Oxalidaceae that can reach 10 meters in height and is native to tropical Asia; the fruit of the carambola is yellow in color and has a section in the shape of five-pointed star.

The fruit has a thin skin that does not need to be removed in order to be consumed; the taste has a special flavor with nuances reminiscent of pineapple and lemon.

There are two main varieties of star fruit, similar in appearance but with different organoleptic properties: one sweet and the other sour. In Italy it is now possible to find on the market carambola in supermarkets and hypermarkets, the variety that is imported in our country is sweet.

Carambola: Properties and benefits
The carambola is composed of 91 % water, fats, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and protein. The carambola, besides to contain a good amount of vitamin C, which as we know has antioxidant properties capable of great benefit to our body, contains a small percentage of vitamin E and a fair amount of minerals, especially potassium.
Other minerals present in the carambola are iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc.

The carambola also contains phenols and flavonoids such as the quercetin , gallic acid and catechin .

Benefits and Curative Properties of Carambola

Taking carambola has beneficial effects on certain diseases such as mild headache, insomnia, nausea and coughing.

The properties of the flavonoids contained in the carambola help counteract the effects of free radicals while the high amount of potassium present in this fruit, as well as strengthen the cardiovascular system, helps to ensure the proper functioning of muscles and rebalance the level of liquid in our body.

The carambola also has digestive and diuretic properties and, if eaten when fully ripe, it has astringent properties.

The abundance of vitamin C strengthens the immune system by increasing the body's resistance to viral attacks.
Recent studies in mice have shown that catechins can work together in the regulation of glucose levels in the blood.
Carambola Curiosity
In regions with tropical climate like Malaysia which has an ideal climate for this type of fruit, carambola flowers and fruits continuously and is available all year round.
Thanks to this feature of carambola it is easy to be found on the same plant flowers, unripe and ripe fruits.

The length of the carambola varies from 5 to 15 cm.

Due to its carambola is used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of diabetes.

The carambola grows gathered in clusters and its color varies from yellow to green when unripe when ripe.

Because of its five-pointed star-shaped carambola is also known as "star fruit."

Again, thanks to its star-shaped carambola is often used as a decorative element in the preparation of exotic cocktails and pastries.

The carambola is also used for the preparation of ice creams and jams while, when still unripe, having the same taste of lemon, is used for garnishing cakes or is squeezed on foods just like lemon.

When the carambola is fully ripe it falls to the ground; nevertheless it is harvested when the fruit is still green to yellow.
The maturation takes place in a second time in a temperature range between 15 ░ and 20 ░.

The techniques of propagation of carambola are three: by seed, cuttings and by grafting.
The plant can not stand low temperatures around freezing.

With the juice of star fruit prepare distilled liquors while excellent candy are derived from the pulp.

Because of the oxalic acid content of the carambola it must be taken with great care by those suffering from problems related to the kidneys.
Main Varieties of Carambola
The carambola is grown in several states such as Brazil, Israel, Colombia and Hawaii but the country's largest producer of carambola is Malaysia.

The main varieties of carambola doli are the Dwarf, the Arkin, laMaher and Thayer.
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The carambola fruit is low in calories, 100 grams of pulp in fact provide a caloric intake of 31 Kcal.
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