Calories in star fruit
How many calories are there in a starfruit?
There are about 20 calories in 1/2 cup of raw starfruit slices according to the US CDC FruitsandVeggiesMatter.
This tropical fruit originates in Southeast Asia and is also called carambola.
Starfruit carambola nutritional content
Like most fruit, it has no fat or cholesterol.
A half cup serving does have 4 grams of carbohydrates with 3 of those grams in sugars.
It has only 1 gram of fiber per serving, but is rich in vitamin C, with the half cup serving providing 20% of Daily Vitamin C Value.
Serving low calorie star fruit
A ripe starfruit may vary in color from pale green to golden yellow.
Its flavor has been compared to a mixture of plums, pineapples, and lemons.
It should be used when the skin is shiny and the 5 pointed star ridges are slightly brown, but before all the skin on the whole fruit begins to brown.
Most people simply wash and slice the fresh starfruit and eat it with the skin.
Another great way to offer this low calorie fruit is with other tropical selections like bananas and mangos, or even with kiwi and pineapple.
Just add some yogurt or granola for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.
With an abundant harvest, people also will add the chopped fruits to curry, chutneys, or seafood dishes, although some of the delicate flavor will be overpowered.
Calories in star fruit carambola cultivars
The calories per serving are approximately the same for all cultivars, despite some cultivars being called sweet or tart.
Cultivars include Arkin, Fwang Tung, Golden Star, Hoku, Kaiang, Kembangan, Maha, Newcombe, Thayer, and Wheeler.
It's also called star apple, bilimbi (Averrhoa bilimbi L.), bilimbing, and five angled fruit.
With increasing popularity, it is now grown in many subtropical warm environments including the U.S (Florida, California, and Hawaii).
The trees can be grown in 15 gallon pots and protected during the winter. In the ground they can be pruned to 10 feet, require little fertilization, and are not subject to serious diseases. The tree is productive, with the 5 inch fruits growing in clusters.
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