The Wonders of Star Fruit
The Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola Linn.), also known as Balimbing, is commonly found in the Philippines. The fruit is green and may turn green-yellow when ripe. It is fleshy and forms like a star when cut into pieces.
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Star fruit is a fruit of many wonders because of its several uses. For instance, the fruit is famously used as a laxative to relieve constipation. Its juice can also cool down fevers and help prevent further eye problems. The fruit is also a good source of iron, vitamins B and C, oxalate, and potassium which is good for the heart. In fact, certain studies have shown that the star fruit may slow down the heart rate for those with increased heart rates.
Like most antioxidant fruit drinks, the star fruit has an antimicrobial effect that helps prevent further infection from Staph aureus, E.coli, and Salmonella typhi. But there is more to Star Fruit than what it offers health-wise. Its juice is also most effective in removing stains for washing clothes. It’s even suitable for polishing and cleaning metals.
The star fruit is an excellent organic fruit snack. Try eating it with salt. It tastes delicious.