Starfruit (Carambola) Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition & Health Benefits

Starfruit or CarambolaStarfruit, also known as carambola, is a tropical fruit that is native to Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They are also grown in Latin America, the Caribbean, southern United States, and sometimes find themselves in the exotic fruits section of my grocery store.

They have a flavor that is reminiscent of apples. They make a wonderful flavor fruit that accents many fruits that I use in my green smoothie recipes.

Starfruit (Carambola) Nutrition and Health Benefits

Starfruit (carambola) is a potent source of antioxidants. It is also a good source of vitamins C and B5. It contains small amounts of all essential minerals but is especially rich in copper (14% RDA in one medium fruit).

The fiber in carambola shows some potential for use in controlling glucose concentration. Although human studies have yet to be conducted, researchers have seen benefits of carambola extracts in diabetic mouse studies.

Starfruit Precautions

Starfruit should be avoided by those with kidney disease, kidney failure and those on dialysis as it contains oxalic acid which may complicate these conditions.

Like grapefruit, carambola may interfere with prescription medications. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before you consume starfruit if you are on any medications.

How To Use Starfruit In A Green Smoothie Recipe

Starfruit is best used as a flavor accent in tropical smoothie recipes using pineapple, mango, banana and coconut. Use mild greens, as bitter greens like kale or dandelion may overpower the subtle flavor of the starfruit.

To remove the seeds, simply cut the fruit lengthwise along each of the five sides. The seeds are located on either side the the five points and can easily be removed with a knife or your fingers. While the peel is edible, I remove it since I rarely find organic carambola in the stores.

Starfruit / Carambola Smoothie Recipes

Creamy Starfruit-Banana Smoothie

1 large starfruit, deseeded
1 banana, peeled
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
8 ounces of filtered water (or use coconut water)

Calories: 163 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 38g | Calcium: 7% | Vitamin A: 9% | Vitamin C: 93%

Tropical Starfruit Smoothie

1 large starfruit, deseeded
1 cup mango, peeled and pitted
1 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
4 ounces of coconut milk

Calories: 257 | Fat: 4g (grams) | Protein: 6g | Carbs: 57g | Calcium: 16% | Vitamin A: 64% | Vitamin C: 297%

How To Select And Store Star Fruit

Starfruit is ripe when it is slightly yellow and starting to brown on the tips. They will still be slightly firm even when they are yellow. Avoid any that are bruised, too green or shriveled.

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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.