- San Diego Zoo
Star Fruit or Carambola Tree Averrhoa carambola
FAMILY: OXALIDACEAE (Wood-Sorrel Family)
Called star fruit or carambola because it resembles a star when sliced cross-wise, it can range from tangy and sweet to really sour. But even tart carambola slices make a spectacular-looking garnish, and the fruit is also good for jams and juices. The star fruit tree Averrhoa carambola, which is native to Southeast Asia, also makes a handsome ornamental.