Carambola, also known as star fruit or 5 fingers, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to tropical Southeast Asia. The fruit is commonly consumed in parts of Brazil, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the South Pacific, Micronesia, parts of East Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean. The tree is cultivated throughout tropical areas of the world.
The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides (usually 5–6). When cut in cross-section, it resembles a star, giving it the name of star fruit. The entire fruit is edible, usually raw, and may be cooked or made into relishes, preserves, garnish, and juices.
Presumably from Marathi करंबळ (karambaḷ), via Portuguese.
carambola (plural carambolas)
- A tree species native of southern Asia, Averrhoa carambola.
- The fruit of this tree, more commonly known as star fruit.
- A yellow colour, like that of a carambola.
- IPA(key): /ka.ʁɑ̃.bɔ.la/
- Homophones: carambolas, carambolât
- third-person singular past