Star Fruit is a juicy tropical fruit with a delicious tart flavor. The yellow fruit is 3-4″ long with a waxy skin and 5 prominent ridges. A cross-section of the cut fruit looks like a 5-pointed star. Star Fruit is low in calories and low in sugar so it’s an ideal fruit for the whole family to enjoy. When it’s grown in the tropics, one Star Fruit tree can provide fruit for up to three families because of its prolific fruiting habit.
Where Star Fruit Grows
Star Fruit, or Averrhoa carambola. is a tropical fruiting tree in the oxalis family that’s native to tropical Asia. Widely grown throughout the warmer areas of the world, it has little hardiness but can tolerate a light frost and temperatures into the high 20’s for short periods. In general it needs temperatures above freezing to prevent plant damage.
Grown as a Potted Plant
As a northern container plant, it will survive in greenhouses or sunrooms during the winter months and it should be grown outside during the summer months. During the winter, night temperatures need to be kept well above freezing. Low temperatures will often lead to leaf drop and at times, the plant will almost completely defoliate. No worries though, the plants will recover once the warm temperatures return.