Genus: Averrhoa Carambola
Common name: Star fruit / Kamrak / Carombola / Five corner
I was on a tree walk in the Sundar nursery when our tree guide led us to this amazing tree. At first I couldnt believe what was there on this tree. Little bunches of fruits seemed to be sprouting directly on the trunk of the tree, almost like the wild fig. What on earth was this? Then he motioned us to see the fallen fruits below the tree. That’s when the Eureka moment happened.
This was the extremely sour and tangy Star Fruit that we also called Kamrak in Hindi. Its favored a lot by the street food vendors selling chaat in any form and can be found decorating their wares. I have seen this mostly in winters when the sweet potato is in abundance on the Delhi streets.
I have eaten this fruit several times with some sugar, salt and red chilli spice mix. Have you tried it out?
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The purplish pink flowers are bell shaped and soon metamorphosize into the star fruit slowly. I was amazed to see a mix of flowers and fruits in the same cluster. The fruits are green when raw and slowly turn yellow on ripening. When you cut a cross section of it, its star shaped which is how its gotten its name.
I must check out this tree again in summers to see what it looks like. I am hoping to get some more fruits from it when I go next.
Thursday Tree Love is a fabulous tree hop by the lovely Parul K Thakur who opens the blog hop every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. So if you have a gorgeous tree to share with us, please link up on her post.
Meantime you can have a look at the tree I shared last fortnight here