Star Fruit 'Sri Kembangan' (Averrhoa carambola)

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Star Fruit, aka Carambola or Star Apple, is a heavy producing tropical fruit tree, native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. 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 4-6" 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. 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.

Star Fruit is easy to grow in a container 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!  

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How to Grow Star Fruit

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: Early Summer - Spring, with peaks in fruit production Aug-Sept and Dec-Feb.

Mature Size: Mature trees grow to about 30 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Rich, organic, well-draining soil with regular watering during Summer and drier Winter months.

Light Requirements: Full Sun, Part Sun

Self-Fertile: Yes

Zone Hardiness: Outdoors 9-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+ 

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