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Is the same as "Star Fruit" correct? How do you prepare one of these to eat? Peel/just eat/other??

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Peel and de-seed. Star fruit is common name for the Carambola. Many different variety and some drastically taste better than others.
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Here’s picture of cut sections of a Carambola;

http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/20288/
 12/16/2005 11:43 AM
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Peel via knife?..........

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Some people eat the skin, but at least cut the ribs off. I completely de-skin it (using a knife) and cut it length wise in opposite of what is shown in the photos. I find if you cut it length wise it is easier to de-seed the fruit. The seed pods kind of come out like de-veigning shrimp.
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CARAMBOLA #11: Sri Kembangan & Fwang Tung

Edited: 12/05/2016 at 11:05 AM by Thaumaturgist
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Cut lengthwise (like Dave said), remove the seeds, pull out some of the harder fibers and throw it into your blender with papaya, pineapple, coconut, and any other fruit of choice...It's a nice addition to the smoothie flavor. BTW, if I had to peel a starfruit, I would probably not eat them. That would be waaaayyyy too much work. Dave, if you have more than you can "peel and eat," let me know


Wikipedia also discusses nutirition:

Benefits
Carambolas in varying stages of ripeness

Carambola rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and low in sugar, sodium, and acid. It is also a potent source of both primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants.[6] A. carambola has both antioxidant and antimicrobial activities: Scavenging of NO by the fruit extract is dependent on concentration and stage of ripening. Extracts showed antimicrobial activity against E. coli, Klebsiella sp., Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.[7][8]
[edit] Risks

Carambola is a fairly complex fruit with many benefits, but, as with strawberries[citation needed], a small percentage of the human population should be cautious of the fruit for health reasons. Carambola contains oxalic acid, which can be harmful to individuals suffering from kidney failure, kidney stones, or those under kidney dialysis treatment. Consumption by those with kidney failure can produce hiccups, vomiting, nausea, and mental confusion. Fatal outcomes have been documented in some patients.[9][10][11][12][13][14]
[edit] Drug interactions

Like the grapefruit, carambola is considered to be a potent inhibitor of seven cytochrome P450 isoforms.[15][16] These enzymes are significant in the first-pass elimination of many medicines, and, thus, the consumption of carambola or its juice in combination with certain medications can significantly increase their effective dosage within the body. Research into grapefruit juice has identified a number of common medications affected, including statins, which are commonly used to treat cardiovascular illness, and benzodiazepines (a tranquilizer family including diazepam).[17]

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Carambola #15: WAI WEI #1

Edited: 12/05/2016 at 11:09 AM by Thaumaturgist
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Originally posted by: Karma

Cut lengthwise (like Dave said), remove the seeds, pull out some of the harder fibers and throw it into your blender with papaya, pineapple, coconut, and any other fruit of choice...It's a nice addition to the smoothie flavor. BTW, if I had to peel a starfruit, I would probably not eat them. That would be waaaayyyy too much work. Dave, if you have more than you can "peel and eat," let me know





Wikipedia also discusses nutirition:



Benefits

Carambolas in varying stages of ripeness



Carambola rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and low in sugar, sodium, and acid. It is also a potent source of both primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants.[6] A. carambola has both antioxidant and antimicrobial activities: Scavenging of NO by the fruit extract is dependent on concentration and stage of ripening. Extracts showed antimicrobial activity against E. coli, Klebsiella sp., Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.[7][8]

[edit] Risks



Carambola is a fairly complex fruit with many benefits, but, as with strawberries[citation needed], a small percentage of the human population should be cautious of the fruit for health reasons. Carambola contains oxalic acid, which can be harmful to individuals suffering from kidney failure, kidney stones, or those under kidney dialysis treatment. Consumption by those with kidney failure can produce hiccups, vomiting, nausea, and mental confusion. Fatal outcomes have been documented in some patients.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

[edit] Drug interactions



Like the grapefruit, carambola is considered to be a potent inhibitor of seven cytochrome P450 isoforms.[15][16] These enzymes are significant in the first-pass elimination of many medicines, and, thus, the consumption of carambola or its juice in combination with certain medications can significantly increase their effective dosage within the body. Research into grapefruit juice has identified a number of common medications affected, including statins, which are commonly used to treat cardiovascular illness, and benzodiazepines (a tranquilizer family including diazepam).[17]


Karma,

Thanks for the excellent info on starfruit!!!

I'm hoping to harvest some in about 2 months

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Does red mean the Wai Wei is ripe? Or, sunburnt?
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You are right Dave. The red ones were sunburnt.
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I eat them, skin on. The skin has a waxy texture, but is very thin. I just figured it would be difficult to skin them. Plus, I'm lazy. 

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