Saturday was a holiday and typically Pune monsoon weather with an intermittent light drizzle. We decided to drive off to a friend’s
beautiful farm place at the out skirts of Pune. The location is exotic with an expansive view of a large lake. I am keen on sharing some of the pictures of the lake i a subsequent post. The greenery all around made the weather conditions oxygen rich and conducive to growth of plant life.
Among all the beautiful flora all round we spotted a tree with plenty of longish hanging fruits yellow in colour. We were told by the caretaker it is a star-fruit tree.
The star fruit tree was about 15 ft to 25 ft high. Some net research revealed another name for it – carambola. The fruit is shaped like a star and is about 5 inches long. When the fruit is cut crosswise the sections look like stars because of the sharp pointed ridges. It is best
to pluck them when they are at their peak or else they fall off and the juicy pulp runs out. We tasted it and found it to be sweet and juicy and mildly tangy. Quite delicious!
It can be eaten fresh or added to salads. It is claimed that star fruits are rich in vitamins A and C and high in fibre.
As given in the Wiki the star fruit or Carambola is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin C and low in sugar, sodium and acid.
I liked the taste of the star fruit and will be on the look-out to buy some in our local market. Hope I can find them there.