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244 Flavors: Sri Lanka’s Star Flavor

Tucked into the Indian Ocean below India, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country that boasts carambola trees that produce exquisite fruit. What are they, you ask? This Wikipedia photo shows the carambola tree bearing fruit.

Carambola is commonly called “star fruit” because, when sliced, it produces a five-pointed star with the flavor of a citrusy-apple. In its just-picked state, the fruit is greenish yellow and yields a juicy crunch when consumed. After the fruit ripens and turns golden, the slices may brown slightly at the edges, but the juicy sweetness expands.

Clever substitution: Skip the ordinary lemon wedge and use a sliced carambola to garnish summer cocktails.