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(1) A small tree of the wood sorrel family (Oxalidaceae), and a close relative of the bilimbi. Its fruit has five longitudinal ridges so that when cut crosswise forms a star shape.

(2) The fruit of the carambola tree, also known as star fruit because of its distinctive star shape in transverse section.


The carambola fruit is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C that it is described as a super fruit due to its many health benefits. However, the fruit is also found to contain oxalic acid, which can cause hiccups, vomiting, and nausea in individuals suffering from kidney failure.

Word origin: Portuguese, perhaps from Marathi karambal.

Scientific name: Averrhoa carambola

Other common name: star fruit

See also: balimbi.