The actual tree (the averrhoa carambola
) grows in SE Asia
, and is grown ornamentally
as well as for its fruit yield
. It is an evergreen
, and the fruits that is grows are bizarre 10-sided truncated prisms
, like three-dimensional stars
, roughly the size of a small fist
The fruit itself, also called a carambola (or carambole in French), and is reddish-orange and yellow with brown marks, and sweet. It can be cut into star-shaped slices, as one would with a green pepper, and used in salads. Too, one could wait a week for it to ripen, and then serve it as a dessert.
The name of the plant/fruit comes from the Indian sanskrit word "karambal". A carambola is also Spanish for a stroke in billiards, as well as refering to the red ball in the same. See also: Carom.