Averrhoa Carambola ( Sri kembangan) Starfruit
Habitat and Distribution
Originally cultivated in South East Asia, Carambolas trees are now found throughout many tropical and subtropical areas of the world..
The Carambola (or Starfruit) is a small to medium sized tree (12-30ft -perfect for homeowner yards) that produces a juicy tropical fruit. The flavor combines those of the apple, grape and citrus and is crisp in texture. The fruit can be eaten fresh and is often used in salads and as a garnish due to its unique star shape. The carambola thrives in subtropical and tropical climates. (USDA zone 10-11) and can be grown in zone 9 with protection from frost. Older trees are more tolerant of frost, but growth stops at 55-60 degrees.
Cultivation & Culture
Starfruit enjoys full sun and does best in an area that’s sheltered/protected from the wind. It’s not too particular to soil types, but grows faster and produces more fruit with soil that’s been amended with organic matter. Needs good drainage and regular watering to thrive.
Comments -This particular variety (Sri Kembangan) produces bright yellow/orange fruit that’s sweet & large in size with very few seeds. -This is a professionally grafted plant and has the ability to produce fruit within a season in favorable growing conditions.
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