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Star fruit

Star fruit / Carambola (Averrhoa carambola) belonging to the Oxalidaceae family is native to Indonesia. It is called star fruit as the cross section is star shaped. It is a small evergreen tree with drooping branches and bears attractive golden yellow fruits. The carambola fruits are oval elliptic ,3-5 ribbed with a juicy acidic pulp. They contain oxalic acid. The fruit is a good source of vitamin A,B and C and iron. Brassware can be cleaned using the pulp of immature fruits. Carambola prefers a warm moist climate and can be grown up to 1200m elevation. It can grow in any type of soil with good drainage but deep rich    soils are preferable

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List of references:
Handbook of Horticulture , Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Pusa, New Delhi, 2009, pages 109-399
Crop Production Techniques of Horticultural Crops, Directorate of Horticulture and Plantation Crops Chepauk, Chennai - 600 005 & Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore - 641 003, 2004, pages 1-31
K. Manibhusan Rao, (1990) Textbook of Horticulture, Macmillan India Limited, New Delhi 110002 pages 248-258
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