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The Juicy Star-Shaped Torpedo With Five Fins


About the starfruits (belimbing in Malay name)

The starfruit is one of many popular tropical fruits in Malaysia that are enjoyed by all races of different cultures and backgrounds. As the name implies, the starfruit looks like a five-pointed star when you cut a cross section of this fruit.

The starfruit is also referred to as carambola. The starfruit, native to Southeast Asia, has an excellent crisp texture and is extremely juicy.

The taste of a starfruit

In Malay term, the starfruit is called belimbing. It’s one of the most delicious fruits in Malaysia that are available throughout the year. The uncut starfruit is a little like an elongated egg-shaped torpedo with five fins. The waxy skin is green in the unripe fruit, turning to a pale yellow or even rich gold as it ripens.


As the name implies, the starfruit does look like a star when it’s cut.

How to eat a starfruit

The fruit should be eaten while still firm for it quickly loses its flavor once it softens. The edge of each ridge of the starfruit is bitter and should be sliced off before the fruit is served. The central pith, which may contain a few small seeds, can be removed during eating.

The fruit is entirely edible, including the slightly waxy skin. It is sweet without being overwhelming and extremely juicy. The taste is difficult to compare, but it has been likened to a mix of papaya, orange and grapefruit all at once.

Benefits of eating starfruits

Most starfruit are somewhat tart in flavor, but a hybrid known as Honey Starfruit is sweet and fragrant. The starfruit is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and low in sugar, sodium and acid. It is also is a potent source of both primary and secondary poly phenolic antioxidants.


Starfruit contains very high amount of vitamin C and also potent antioxidant.

When are starfruits available

In Malaysia, the starfruit is available in most hypermarkets and wet markets. It should cost no more than RM2 per piece. Generally, the cost of starfruit goes by weigh.

All in all, the star fruit is one of the most eaten fruits in Malaysia. As an expat or tourist, the starfruit is definitely a local tropical fruit that you don’t want to miss.

Other Fruits in Malaysia That You Might be Interested

  • Jackfruit (Nanga) – The jackfruit is one of many delicious tropical fruits that you must taste. In Malay term, the jackfruit is referred to as “Nanga”.
  • Rambutan – The name of this fruit comes from the Malay word for hair, rambut. It is a particularly apt description, for the rambutan looks like a bright red golf ball covered with whiskery hair.
  • Duku – Duku is one of the favorite tropical fruits among Malaysians. Duku is a name in Malay and its botanical family is Meliaceae. Duku is native to Malaysia and is regarded as one of the most delicious of all fruits in Malaysia.
  • Sapodilla (Ciku) – The sapodilla might not be a familiar tropical fruit to a lot of people, even for Malaysians, but it is certainly one of the best in Malaysia.
  • Mangosteen (Manggis) – The mangosteen has been considered one of the most powerful super fruit recently. The level of anti-oxidant in this fruit is of super extraordinary. Find out why you should give this super fruit a bite.
  • Pomelo (Limau Gedang) – The pomelo is a favorite tropical fruit among all races in Malaysia. It’s available throughout the year. As a result, you can see pomelos in almost all places in Malaysia.
  • Red Durian (Wild Durian) – Have you tried a wild durian before? If not, you should give this red-flesh durian a try. The feedback for this special species of durian is that its taste is more pungent and its smell is stronger.
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