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Carambola or Star Fruit


Oxalidaceae Averrhoa carambola L.


Grosella china, Cucumber tree, Bilimbe

A. bilimbi L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The carambola tree attains a height of 35 feet. Its fruits are star-shaped when cut across, ovoid to ellipsoid, yellow, 4 to 5 inches in length and are acutely 5-angled. The fruit is crisp, juicy, and aromatic. The ripe fruits are used for preserves, jams and jellies. The half ripe fruit is used as pickles.

The blimbe tree attains a height from 20 to 60 feet. The mature fruit resembles small cucumbers and range from 2 to 3 inches in length. They are smooth, thin, green, rind sometimes faintly 5-angled. Fruits of blimbe are candied as a preserve. The pulp also is used to make a refreshing drink.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch