Edited by Ho Dinh Hai Long An - Vietnam Updated: 10/06/2014
1- Introduction to the Starfruit Tree
1.1- What is the starfruit ? Starfruit, also known as Carambola, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The fruit is popular throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and parts of East Asia. The tree is also cultivated throughout non-indigenous tropical areas, such as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the southern United States. The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides (usually five, but can sometimes vary); in cross-section, it resembles a star, hence its name. The entire fruit is edible and is usually eaten out of hand. They may also be used in cooking, and can be made into relishes, preserves, and juice drinks.
1.2- Vernaculars and Scientific names + English names: Starfruit, Carambola, + French names: - + Vietnamese names: Khe (Khế). + Asean Vernaculars: - Indonesia: Belimbing - Malaysia: Belimbing - Philippines: Balimbing - Thailand: Mafeung, Ma fueang - Myanma: Sungwarthi - Laos: Maak fueang - Cambodian: Plae speu + Scientific name: Averrhoa carambola + Synomyms:-