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Mar 27, 2009, 2:06:25 PM3/27/09
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request for id of tree.
jai ho.


Saurabh Sawant

Mar 27, 2009, 3:07:18 PM3/27/09
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This is Averrhoa carambola, commonly known as Star fruit, Karmal or Kamrakh. The fruits are quite tangy in taste and are sold in the market. Quite popular they are, I love them :)

Saurabh Sawant
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J.M. Garg

Mar 27, 2009, 10:27:26 PM3/27/09
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Some extracts from Wikipedia link:

Carambola or Starfruit is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. The tree and fruit is popular throughout Southeast Asia, Malaysia and parts of East Asia. It is also grown throughout the tropics such as in Trinidad, Guyana SA and in the United States, in south Florida, most parts of Brazil and Hawaii. It is closely related to the bilimbi. The star shaped cross section gives the carambola its other common name, Star fruit.

It's best to consume a Carambola when ripe. An unripe fruit will appear green, while a ripe Carambola will display colors of bright yellow with a light shade of green. It will also have brown ridges at the five edges and feel firm. An overripe fruit will be yellow with brown spots. The fruit is entirely edible, including the slightly waxy skin. It is sweet without being overwhelming and extremely juicy. The taste is difficult to compare, but it has been likened to a mix of papaya, orange and grapefruit all at once.

Starfruit is one of the "superfruits" – it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and low in sugar, sodium and acid. Starfruit is a potent source of both primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants. Studies have shown that primary antioxidants can help prevent the damage of free radicals and that secondary antioxidants can help reverse the damage that already exists in our systems. Vitamin C is an essential ingredient in a strong immune system and general well-being

Carambola is a fairly complex fruit with many benefits like strawberries, but a small percent of the human population should be cautious of the fruit for health reasons.

Starfruit, like the grapefruit, contains oxalic acid which can be harmful to individuals suffering from kidney failure. Consumption by those with kidney failure can produce hiccups, vomiting, nausea, and mental confusion, and fatal outcomes have been documented in some patients

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Kenneth Greby

Mar 27, 2009, 11:26:20 PM3/27/09
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 Averrhoa carambola--Starfruit (Oxalidaceae).

Ken Greby
Broward County, Florida USA

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