Carambola is one of the coolest fruits in terms of appearance as it has a distinct shape that resembles a star. This golden-yellow fruit is a great decoration, and can be cut into thin, star-shaped slices that can decorate vegetable or fruit salads.
Part 1 of 3: Preparing to cut the carambola
Step 1. Wash the fruit
Rinse it in cold water, rubbing it with your fingers to get rid of the dirt hidden in the creases. Washing the fruit will ensure that any chemicals or germs in it are removed and it is safe to eat.
Step 2. Use a cutting board
Using a cutting board is better than cutting the fruit directly on the countertop as it will prevent you from scratching the surface of the furniture. A plastic or wooden cutting board will do.
Step 3. Get a sharp knife
Be careful when handling the knife to avoid accidents. Clean the knife with hot soapy water before using.
Part 2 of 3: Cutting the green edges of the fruit
Step 1. Cut the fruit
Run the knife along the green edges of the carambola to remove only the non-orange part.
Step 2. Cut both ends
After removing the edges, cut off both ends of the fruit. Remove about 1.5 cm using knife. At this point, the carambola should be only orange; all green or brown parts must have been cut off.
Step 3. Slice from end to end
Starting from the widest side, cut the fruit into star slices about 1.5 cm thick.
Step 4. Remove seeds
The slices will have seeds in them, located in the center of the carambola. Use the knife to remove them.
Part 3 of 3: Cleaning and Serving Carambola
Step 1. Wash your hands
Carambola, like other citrus fruits, contains acids, so be careful to keep it away from your eyes and open sores. After cutting the fruit, wash your hands with hot water and soap to avoid accidents if you touch your eyes later.
Step 2. Place the carambola in a plate or bowl
Arrange the fruit as you like in the container, depending on the occasion. All parts of the carambola are edible, so don't waste or throw away the pieces you can eat.
Step 3. Clean the cutting board and workbench
Wash the cut surface so it is clean and ready for the next use. Don't forget to clean the fruit from the countertop, as they can rot and smell bad.
Step 4. Serve your carambola
This fruit can be used in a wide range of recipes, from carambola chips to mango and orange sauce. Plan your recipe in advance so you have all the ingredients.