Have you ever tried a Carambola? This fruit is also called star fruit due to the shape in which it grows.
This exotic fruit tree can grow up to 10 feet tall in ideal conditions. Many places in Australia now sell the grafted trees which fruit within 2-3 years. A mature tree can produce up to 900kg of fruit in the season. Yes 900kg.
So why is it the fruit for winter you ask? Carambola’s contain 10 times more vitamin C than oranges, low levels of sugar, sodium and acid. There are some health risks though, for people who are suffering from kidney stones or renal failure this fruit is not for you.
Besides eating the fruit picked straight from the tree, it can be made into relishes, desserts and even drinks to provide a wholesome body tonic. The larger grocer usually will stock Carambolas if you don’t have a tree planted producing fruit so don’t worry next time you are out buying the weekly fruit and vege grab a few to try.
- 5 star fruit with their wings cut off (these can be bitter), slice into a medium pot with just enough water to cover.
- Boil until the fruit is softened and translucent. Allow to cool.
- Mash and sieve the pulp, strain if you prefer clear juice or add 2 tbsp. grated ginger, 4 tbsp. honey and 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 500ml of soda water to boost those flu symptoms away.
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