Star fruit, or carambola, is a fruit that grows in tropical and subtropical climates. When it is cut in half crosswise, it has a star shape, which is why it is called star fruit. It ranges in length from 3 to 5 inches. It has 5 ribs which run the entire length of the fruit. The skin is thin, glossy, golden yellow and its matching flesh is translucent and dotted occasionally with a dark seed. When ripe, it is quite juicy and fragrant. Its flavor ranges from sour to sweet. Available from the end of the summer to mid-winter. Star fruit do not require peeling and can be eaten out-of-hand or used in salads, desserts or as a garnish.