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Carambola or Star fruit in Belagavi market

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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.

star-fruitThe 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.

3 thoughts on “Carambola or Star fruit in Belagavi market”

  1. My sister has this tree in her garden in Lonavala. I tried it eat the fruit and it tasted so terrible that I spat it out. Luckily I do not have the conditions that it supposedly cures so I’m going to stay away from it.

  2. Hi have this tree in my house garden at Vinayak Nagar, Laxmi Tek. Belgaum

    I brought this tree from Goa and planted it in my garden three years ago. Now this tree is bearing fruits. We use this fruit in fish curry especially prawns and the curry tastes excellent. It is somewhat sour but tastes excellent when ripe. It has the same medicinal qualities as that of bhinda (Kokum).


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