Star fruit, also known as Carambola, is perhaps one of the most fun and interesting shaped foods on the planet. When sliced, it becomes immediately apparent that they could not be named more appropriately, and it is a delight to behold as well as enjoy.
Native to the Philippines, star fruit is now widely popular and available worldwide. It also has many nutritive and beneficial properties that make this fruit not only fun, but worth its weight in gold (or, at least, antioxidants and health benefits).
Star fruit is high in vitamin C (providing 75% of your RDA). It contains 5% RDA of potassium plus it contains nearly four grams of fiber per one-cup serving. It also contains small amounts of vitamin A (beta-carotene), Niacin (B5), and vitamin E, as well as traces of minerals magnesium, calcium, selenium, copper, and zinc.
The best news: all this dense nutrition and only about 45 calories!
Perhaps the most beneficial thing about star fruit is its high content of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and antimicrobial secondary chemicals. It contains both primary and secondary polyphenol antioxidants, which have clinically studied benefits such as reduced cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention. In 2021, Star Fruit are being studied for their involvement slowing the aging process and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Star fruit seems to have some antimicrobial properties as well. Some preliminary studies with the extracts of the fruit showing effectiveness against some common bacteria.
Overall, this amazingly shaped and interestingly flavored tropical fruit should definitely be on your shopping list – for fun, for nutrition, and for all the potential health benefits!