Carambola is the fruit of the caramboleira, from the family Oxalidaceae, originating in tropical Asia. The bittersweet fruit has a long, slightly oval shape with five protruding buds. The color varies from green to yellow, depending on the degree of maturation. It is rich in minerals, such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, B complex.
Carambola cultivation is indicated in hot and humid climate regions. The caramboleira begins to bear fruit after five years. It was introduced in Brazil in 1817, in Pernambuco, spreading throughout the Brazilian coast.
It can be consumed naturally or in the preparation of jellies, syrups, juices and jams. The juice has a delicious taste and can be used to remove stains from iron, paint and to clean metals. When cut into slices, the fruit forms the star design, a natural ornament used in restaurants to decorate drinks.