The health benefits of starfruit are enormous. It is a stock of fibre, protein, vitamin C and B5, folate, copper, potassium, and magnesium. It possesses only very low calories and carbs.
- Vitamin C: The fruit has 41% of the vitamin’s daily value. Vitamin C is a necessary vitamin to generate anti-oxidants to clear the toxins in your body. It also helps the skin to retain its natural form. It is a necessary vitamin to fight against cold and fever.
- Potassium: Potassium and sodium content in the fruit makes it favourable for the heart. These minerals keep the blood pressure under control and avoid the threat of heart diseases. The calcium traits make the heart more resistant to diseases like stroke and cardiac arrest.
- Fibre: The fibre content in the fruit fights against lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and cholesterol. It contains only negligible content of fat, which makes it a perfect snack for people who have heart diseases. The dietary content of fibre helps in the digestion process.
- Iron: Iron in the starfruit helps to cure anaemia which is common in children and pregnant woman. The common type of anaemia is from the deficiency of iron.
- Magnesium: The fruit helps in the sleeping process of man. This is mainly because of the magnesium which helps people to sleep.
How to plant starfruit
- It is recommended to find deep, good organic manure and well-drained soil. The soil has to moderately acidic and having a pH value between 5.5 and 6.5.
- Though the plant can be grown from the seeds, it is recommended to take stem from the mother plant by grafting, budding or layering.
- Keep 8×8 distance in between plants.
- Once it is planted, irrigation has to be done frequently, until the plant is capable of drawing water by its own roots.
- Make sure to water the plant in the summer season.
- Organic manure is recommended as the main fertilisers. Along with that nitrogen and phosphorous are recommended to provide for better growth.
Starfruit which is also known as carambola, is a native of tropical Southeast Asia and is widely consumed in Southeast Asian countries, South Pacific, Micronesia, East Asia and the Caribbean places. The fruit is of an oval-shaped fruit having 5 ridges around the fruit. These ridges give the shape of a 5-edged star to the fruit once it is sliced into pieces. The fruit has a mixed taste of sweet and sour. The fruit can be consumed directly as fruit, can add in salads, can make juice or can make dishes with the fruit.
Adversities of starfruit
People who have kidney diseases are not recommended to have starfruit because of its high oxalate content. The frequent use of this fruit by these people will lead to the damage of their kidneys.