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Naranjilla Ecuador

Star Fruit

Sustainable cultivation

Carambola, Star fruit or Chinese gooseberry as it is known popularly in Ecuador comes from South Asia. It measures five to twelve centimeters long with six centimeters of width. The main harvest seasons are from November to January. The Star Fruit tree in its mature state can produce around 112 to 160 kilograms of fruit. It is a very good source of antioxidants for their main phenolic compounds that are the epicatechin and proanthocyanidins.
 

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Characteristics

of Star Fruit

The Star Fruit residue, which is normally discarded during the processing of the juice drink, contains an active antioxidant much higher than the juice extracted using several methods to evaluate the antioxidant activity. Under optimized extraction conditions, the residue represents around 70% of the total antioxidant activity and the total polyphenolic content, however, it only contributes 15% of the weight of the whole fruit 

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