EN on Foods

June 2015 Issue

Let Star Fruit Shine

The folklore. The beautiful star fruit—averrhoa carambola—is a tropical fruit that comes from a tree native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Today, this fruit—named star fruit because the distinctive ridges running down the fruit’s skin form a star shape when sliced—are cultivated throughout many tropical and subtropical areas of the world, such as Florida, Central America, and Hawaii. Historically, star fruit was believed to help treat a number of ailments, such as kidney and bladder problems, fevers, eyesores, hangovers, throat pain, tooth sores, colic, indigestion, and jaundice. The crushed leaves have been applied as an external treatment for chickenpox and ringworm, the roots have been consumed as an antidote for poison, and the juice has been used to clean and polish metals and remove stains from clothing.

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