Jamai Sasthi

Kamranga Star Fruit

carambola star fruit kamranga

Carambola or Star fruit or Kamranga tree is a native of Sri Lanka, India and the Moluccas spread throughout Southeast Asia. It is also cultivated in Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Guyana, French Polynesia, and recently also in Guam and Hawaii. Produces a characteristic yellow fruit, as good as candy and decorate cakes, easily recognizable by section five-pointed star.

It is a very delicate plant, typical of tropical climates, but also can produce in the open field if repaired well. The fruit Carambola or Star fruit, at optimum ripeness, has a beautiful yellow orange. In the places of origin is also consumed green, squeezed like a lemon in dishes or sliced ​​in salads. Taste of carambola is a mixture of various fruits, such as lemon, pineapple, plum. There are two varieties of star fruit: a fruit acid and sweet; it is exported, especially at Christmas time. 

Thanks to its original form, is used as guarnimento in confectionery and drinks exotic taste. Delicious are the spirits that are distilled from the juice of star fruit, while the pulp can also be converted into candy. Contains flavonoids and phenols such as gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin and proanthocyanidins and has found use in traditional medicine for the treatment of certain disease states, such as headache, nausea, cough, insomnia, hypertension and diabetes.

The carambola has a sweet and slightly sour. Some people call it a cross between papaya, orange and grapefruit, while others compare him to a mix of pineapple and lemon. The carambola can be sliced ​​and eaten alone, or used to accompany recipes and drink. The carambola should be eaten when it is yellow. A ripe fruit is hard and has a bright yellow peel. The more the skin is yellow, the sweeter the fruit. A carambola with the ends slightly faded to brown is ideal. A carambola contains about 30 calories and is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, carbohydrates and water.

Slice the fruit and eat it alone. Use a sharp knife and cut horizontally to create slices in the shape of a star. You can eat every part of the fruit, so you will not peel or remove the seeds. The carambola is great eaten alone, without any addition. If you prefer to remove the ends and seeds before eating. Though the fruit is edible in its entirety, for a more elegant presentation, you may want to eliminate areas of brown and seeds.

After washing the fruit with care, Grab on in one hand and place it on a cutting board or on the countertop in the kitchen. Take a knife and slide it along the edges of the fruit to remove the green parts or brown. Limited to areas not remove the yellow with very thin slices. Cut the ends. Remove half an inch at the bottom and top of the fruit, removing all traces of green or brown. Put the fruit on one side and slice it many stars forming the desired thickness. Remove the seeds visible in the center of the slices with a knife.

Add the star fruit to a salad. Combine the slices of carambola other tropical fruits to create a mixture of colors and tastes sweet and colorful. Banana, strawberries, kiwi, mango, pineapple, papaya, grapes and citrus blend perfectly with the carom. You can dress your fruit salad with a light vinaigrette made with lemon, or with orange glaze, honey or syrup to the fruit. Add an extra touch of the exotic to your plate with grated coconut. From the liveliness in leaves. The carambola is great addition to a classic green salad.

Prepare a simple salad using lettuce leaves, chives, pepper and avocado. Avoid vegetables of the most classic like carrots and cucumbers. Opt for a dressing with one part acid as a light vinaigrette, or add lemon or balsamic vinegar, or apple sauce to your usual. Use the cannon to decorate with an exotic touch your preparations star-shaped and remind your guests that the decorations can be eaten.
Decorate a cake by the tropical flavor or a colorful bowl of ice cream. Decorate a recipe exotic taste giving space to imagination. Carve a slice of star-shaped and hang it in a cocktail glass.

Add the carom for a cake or bread. turn it into a puree and add it to the dough or spread it on the bottom of the pan and prepares a cake that can be reversed at the end of cooking. Mix 500 ml of flour, and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. In another bowl creates a creamy butter with 125 ml, 250 ml of sugar, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon of white wine and 500 ml of mashed carom. Stir the two mixtures and add 250 ml of shredded coconut. Pour the mixture in a baking pan for bread and bake for 50 minutes at 180 °. Arrange 3 or 4 slices of star fruit on the bottom of a greased cake tin. Prepare a cake mix (cake type Paradiso) and pour over the slices of starfruit. Bake the cake according to the directions normal. Before serving, flip the cake on a serving plate.

Accompany your meals with poultry or fish with carambola, its flavor is excellent when paired with chicken, duck, fish and seafood. Prepare a chicken recipe inspired by the Orient and add to the dish of sliced ​​carambola raw. The star fruit, cut into small pieces, and can be added to a salad of chicken, tuna or lobster. Even the grilled chicken, tuna fillets, shrimp and duck can be deliciously accompanied by slices of carambola raw or grilled. Create canning carom. Cut it into pieces and cook it in a pot with sugar and tropical fruit juice. Prepare a jam, incorporating a lot of liquid and cut the fruit into small pieces, or a chutney, adding less juice and creating larger pieces.

Prepare a smoothie tropical. Whisk the carambola with other fruits and exotic juices. Star fruit mixture seeded, sliced ​​mango cubes, 750 ml of orange juice, 500 ml of ice, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of honey. Frullali to obtain a smooth and homogeneous consistency. If desired add chopped pineapple, strawberry or a few slices of banana. Create a cocktail. Mixture mashed carom with rum and fruit liqueur, you will receive a fabulous and refreshing drink alcohol. Blend 1 star fruit with 60 ml of 125 ml orange liqueur and rum. Add 250 ml of orange juice and ice cubes. Decorate cocktail with slices of carambola.

Prepare a juice of starfruit. mixture of star fruit puree with water or fruit juice, you'll get a fabulous non-alcoholic drink. Blend 450 grams of carom with a piece of ginger. Add 1 teaspoon of lime juice, 1 liter of water and sugar or honey to taste. Filter the juice and serve. Add sparkling water to give a sparkling touch to your drink.