Fruit – Vegetable – Tropical Fruits
Carambolas are closely related to bilimbis, cucumber trees or tree sorrels (Averrhoa bilimbi) and belong to the same family as the common wood sorrel and spinach dock, but they grow into about 10 m high trees. Thick fruit bundles develop from the dense panicles with pink to magenta-coloured blossoms.
Carambolas come from the tropics of South-East Asia - Malaysia in particular - and are domestically produced in all tropical countries.
All the year round from Brazil. Other countries that export are Thailand, Israel and Malaysia.
It may be consumed raw, used in cake layers or decoration, put into sweet and hearty salads, punch and long drinks. It can also be stewed as compote or boiled down for jam.
Ripe fruits last about 3 days at room temperature and are post-matured at room temperature.
People who have kidney ailments, heart conditions or an immune mediated disease should not eat immature Carambolas because of their high amounts of oxalic acid!