The Carambola is also known as Star Fruit due to the shape of the ripe fruit in cross section (see pictures). These fruits are readily available in grocery stores and commercial cultivation of the tree occurs on a limited scale.
Carambola is originally came from Sri Lanka but has been cultivated for centuries in other areas of Southeast Asia especially in Malaysia. New cultivars are being introuduced which have sweeter tasting fruit than the original tart Carambolas.
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