Carambola

 Carambola
20.02.2016

   The Kingdom of Thailand is not only a place where you will find rest for soul and body. Here grows a lot of tropical fruits that are exotic to us. They are amazing and unique, as the taste and appearance. Let's start the story about the fruit of Thailand with the Carambola.
   Carambola (lat. Averrhoa carambola) is an evergreen tree that grows in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, and now also common in South and Southeast Asia, a species of the Oxalis family Averrhoa.

  The fruit of the Carambola is called "tropical star", "starfury". The fruit is glossy, usually yellow or yellow-brown, ribbed, in cross-section forms a five-pointed star. A carambola is crisp, juicy and often sweet and sour or sweet with a massive ribbed growths. The flesh is juicy, crisp, with a possible taste of apples, cucumber, plums, grapes, gooseberry and pine needles. Each variety has its own taste, with different shade, or maybe a combination of both.

   Fruit star fruit spiked saturated organic acids (mainly oxalic acid) and also contain calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium. Vitamin complex star fruit spiked beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B5 and C, provitamin A.
The carambola is used in cooking and in folk medicine.
  Slices of fruits in the form of stars decorate dishes, desserts and cocktails. Green fruits are used as vegetables, add them to hot dishes, salads, pickled and salted. Made from the fruits juice, jam, add in drinks and sauces. In tropical countries are valued the sour varieties of the cannons, as more than refreshing, but in temperate climates prefer sweet. Sour and unripe fruits are often used as vegetables or added to dishes, which in this case acquires a peculiar taste and aroma. In some countries fruits are dried in China and Taiwan - canned in syrup.
  In India, the carambola included in many seasonings. Due to sour taste makes it ideal with fish and meat dishes. In China as a side dish, use lightly fried slices of the fruit. In Thailand, the carambola served with shrimp and in Jamaica the fruits are dried.

  Folk medicine in Asia for medicinal purposes use the leaves and flowers.
 In India the fruits are used as a styptic, including hemorrhoids, juice or dried fruits are used against fever. Canned candied fruits are used to reduce the level of bile, anti-diarrheal, as well as to relieve hangover. In Brazil is used as a diuretic and in the treatment of eczema. Decoction of fruits and leaves is used as an antiemetic. The leaves are attached to the temples, relieve headaches, as crushed leaves and shoots help chickenpox and ringworm. The flowers of the tree are used as a vermifuge. The roots of the cannons with sugar are an antidote for poisoning. In the leaves, stems and roots of plants was discovered glutamic acid. Powdered fruit seeds of the cannons used as a sedative in colic and asthma.
 Carambola perfectly quenches thirst and decreases blood pressure, acts as an excellent laxative, improves the body's defenses (vitamin C), and due to the magnesium removes from the tissues the excess fluid. Very useful in avitaminosis. Juice the cannons effectively relieves hangover. In addition, it can be used to whiten dentures. You need to hold them in your glass of juice a few hours. If the juice is too strong, it is necessary to dissolve a quarter of distilled water. The office helps with headaches, fever and colic.

   Fruit star fruit spiked very low in calories (31 kcal/100 g), but caution should be used for people with problems of the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys, because high concentration of acids can significantly degrade their condition. It is not recommended to be used by patients with urolithiasis due to high content of oxalates. In addition, the carambola, like grapefruit, actively interacts with drugs, increases their absorption, thus increasing the risk of intoxication. 
   And, finally, the sour juice of the cannons you can remove stains from clothes, and the flesh to use when polishing copper and brass.
   The season of ripening star fruit spiked from may to August.
This Fruit Is Carambola.