Star Fruit

Star Fruit
(Averrhoa carambola)

Star Fruit


Choose star fruit that is ripe with a sweet smell and free from bruises. Fruits picked off the ground should also be free from bruises and infestation.


Keep star fruit in a cool place and arrange in single rows to prevent bruising. They can be frozen when pureed or stewed.


  • Wash fruit well before use.
  • Trim the corners if desired and cut into wedges or slice as stars.
  • Peeling off the ridges of the sour variety removes the oxalic acid.
  • Puree the fruit using a blender.
  • Star fruit is usually eaten fresh as a snack or made into juice or jam.
  • It can be used as a garnish, in fruit or vegetable salads, desserts, and can replace apples in various recipes.
  • Star fruit can be used as an ingredient in fish and other meat dishes
  • Half-ripe star fruit can also be pickled
  • (Malolo et al., 2001)

Photo Source

Dale Allyn Portfolios

Star Fruit

Star fruit has five longitudinal ridges with the cross-section shaped like a star. There are sweet and sour varieties, of which the sour ones contain notable amounts of oxalic acid. Star fruits can be light green, yellow or off-white in color (Darley, 1993).

Traditional Names
  • Chamorro – bilembines
  • Hawaiian – hua hōkū
  • Palauan – kemim
  • Yapese – arfathnstar