Carambola (Averrhoa Carambola), Star Fruit Of The Carambolier

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Carambola - Carambola (Averrhoa carambola), star fruit of carambola

Star fruit is the exotic fruit of carambola tree, which presents itself as a compact tree, very ramified with branches often drooping. Its evergreen leaves are pinnate and leathery, scarcely exceeding 10 cm long. In early spring, small flowers in panicles, in shades of purplish red, appear. About two months later, the fruits will have reached maturity, a golden yellow. The carambola tree fears frost.

Also known as Goa apple, Coromandel gooseberry or star fruit, Carambola is a fairly acidic berry with two seeds in each carpel (small wings). As its slices form stars since the fruit is endowed with five carpels, it is used mainly for the decoration of the dishes, but it is also used to make coulis and juices.

Low in calories (30kcal / 100g), starfruit is rich in vitamin C and provitamin A. Be careful though, it can be toxic to people with kidney failure.

  • Family: Oxalidaceae
  • Type: tree
  • Origin: Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia
  • Color: purple-red flowers
  • Sowing: no
  • Cutting: yes
  • Planting: spring and autumn
  • Flowering: spring
  • Height: up to 10 m

Ideal soil and exposure for planting a carambola tree

The carom needs a warm and humid environment, slightly in the shade in a deep soil, moist and well worked.

Date of cuttings and planting of carambola

Herbaceous cuttings are made in June and a grafted coat is likely to take in April.

Advice of maintenance and cultivation of carambola

You can hoe and water in dry weather. You will also need to prune to remove dry or excess branches during the dry (winter) season.

Harvesting, conservation and use of carambola

crambole, slice of star fruit

Several harvests can be done in the year, in tropical zone. Carambolas are kept for two to three weeks.

Diseases, pests and parasites of carambola

Mealybugs and thrips can become the enemy of the carambola tree that grows in a greenhouse during the winter in our regions.

Location and favorable association of carambola

In a large tank, in mainland France, the carambola tree is a pretty shrub that will grow in a greenhouse or veranda.

Outraged Averrhoa carambola, it exists Averrhoa bilimbi, very close but looks like a big translucent gherkin.

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Video: Averrhoa Estrella - Carambola -Star Fruit.

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