Star Fruit (Carambola)
A fruit native of South and East Asia, Carambola is now consumed all over the world, Shaped in the form of a star (hence the secondary denotation "starfruit'), carambola can be consumed raw, cooked, juiced or even in the form of preserves and relishes. Health wise, carambola abounds of vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. The starfruit is also thought to harbor anti-microbial properties, particularly against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, E.Coli and Klebsiella species.
But despite all its advantages, carambola should be consumed with moderation, as it is also rich in oxalic acid which is a common cause of kidney stones.