Carambola or commonly known as Starfruit, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola known as Karambal in marathi and Bimbali Hannu in Kannada which is not so easily available in the market and is only seen from June to August have now arrived in the Belagavi market.
Yallappa Gavali of Sadashiv Nagar who is very well aware of the medicinal values of this fruit has been involved in selling this fruit from past ten years. Trees of this fruit can be seen only in forests of Khanapur, Goa, Udupi, Ooti and in parts of western ghats.
The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides; when cut in cross-section, it resembles a star, hence its name. The entire fruit is edible and is usually eaten out of hand. It is also used in cooking and can be made into relishes, preserves, and juice drinks.
He said this fruit can cure indigestion problems, acidity and many other stomach related problems. He also claims kidney stones get dissolved to an extent by consuming one fruit each day for ten days.
These fruits were being sold at Kaktives road at Rs 10 for each and within half an hour he sold all his Star fruits.