Sunday, July 15, 2007


This image of the carambola fruit (Averrhoa carambola) was taken at the old school and chapel site, across the dirt road from the main entrance to the Bosque Santa Lucia. The tree escaped being cut by the power company because it's off the power line path by a few meters. Carambola doesn't get to be a big tree, so it wouldn't have been a treat to the power line anyway. Carambola is a favorite with the Brazilians for making juices and most people are quick to tell you that the fruit contains a high quantity of potassium, which is recommended for heart disease. I enjoy eating the fruit directly from the tree, if it is mature. Anything less, will tie a knot in your tongue. It's called five star in English and comes from India originally.

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