Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Deep Rose petals with white edges
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Year Round
Underground structures: Taproot
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant


Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on May 21, 2013 9:14 PM

We let them ripen until the outer ridges were dark brown and still found the flavor very bland. They are totally beautiful as a garnish when sliced, though!

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