Carambola, also known as starfruit, is a tropical fruit that is native to Southeast Asia. It has a unique shape, with five pointed lobes that give it a star-like appearance when cut crosswise. The skin of the fruit is thin and waxy, and can be yellow, green, or orange in color. The flesh is juicy and has a sweet, tart flavor with a hint of citrus. Carambola is often eaten fresh as a snack, or used in salads, preserves, dehydrated, and beverages. It is a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients. When ripe, the fruit is soft and fragrant, with a slightly soft texture. The seeds of the fruit are edible, but they can be removed if desired.