The star fruit is a yellow-green, oval berry, with 5 protruding, longitudinal ribs. When cut cross-ways, its striking star shape is revealed. The fruit is fragrant with a sweet-sour refreshing flavour.

It is believed star fruit are native to Sri Lanka, but have been cultivated in Malaysia and Indonesia for many centuries. It was introduced to Europe at the end of the 18th Century.

STAR FRUIT (CARAMBOLA) are classed as a fruit.


Star fruit are usually eaten raw - they make an especially attractive edible garnish.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 35 kcal, 140 kJ; protein 0.6g; carbohydrate 8.4g; fat 0.4g.


There is no need to peel star fruit, although the outer edge of the ribs may be removed if they have become bruised. Slice crosswise into 'stars' and remove the small seeds.


Store in a refrigerator for up to 7 days. Handle with extreme care to avoid damage to the ribs.


Look for firm, yellow star fruit with shiny, waxy skin. Some browning along the ribs is natural and does not affect the eating quality.

Fun Fact

Star Fruit has a reputation as being a good hangover cure.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.