Star Fruit 'Kari' (Averrhoa carambola)

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Kari Star Fruit is a heavy producing tropical fruit tree, native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is commonly known as Carambola or Star Apple. It comes from the wood sorrel family. It is a slow growing plant, but has many medicinal and edible uses.  

The firm star shaped fruit is naturally waxy, bright yellow, about 4 inches long, and entirely edible! Fruit is low in sugar and rich in antioxidants, potassium, Vitamin C, and is antimicrobial.  The flavor is similar to a sweet-tart blend of green apple, pear, grape, and citrus. 

The plant produces prolific and gorgeous, pink, purple, and white flowers. These flowers stem off of woody branches, and bear a lot of fruit in the summer and fall.  It is suitable for container gardening, and can thrive in a large pot. In the colder months they may loose their leaves, so they should be overwintered indoors if temperatures reach below freezing!  

Carambola will bloom throughout most of the year, but prominently throughout May and September/October. In Florida, harvest season is generally from June through February, with peaks in fruit production during August through September, and December through February.  Prune in late winter.

Plant Type
Tropical / Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Winter, Spring, Year-round
Carambola will bloom and fruit throughout most of the year, but will prominently flower from late Spring to Fall and fruit Winter through Spring.

Mature Size
7-30 ft

Soil & Moisture
Well-drained, high fertility and good moisture-holding capacity; High nitrogen demands. Regular watering throughout the first year and throughout flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Prefers part shade or filtered light but will thrive in a variety of light conditions from full sun to shade.

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium 

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+
Star Fruit is easy to grow in a container and can thrive in a large pot. In the colder months, until well-established, Star Fruit trees may lose their leaves, so they could be overwintered indoors if temperatures reach below freezing.  Prune Carambola trees in late winter.

Propagation
Grafted and ready to produce within 1-2 years.

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Mature Carambola trees can produce 200 to 400 pounds of fruit per year! Star Fruit is rich source of dietary fibers, vitamins C, B2, B6 and B9 and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, zinc and iron.

Large amounts of Star Fruit probably shouldn't be consumed by people with kidney issues due to the presence of oxalic acid (or oxalate) in this fruit. Oxalic acid is a naturally occurring in some fruits and vegetables (like Spinach).

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