It is believed the star fruit originated in either Sri Lanka or the Moluccas, the islands of
Indonesia. It spread throughout Asia and has been cultivated there for centuries. Star fruit
is commonly grown in southern China, India, and the Philippines.
The fruit is relatively new to North and South America. It was first introduced to Florida in
1887 but is viewed as a decorative fruit and has not been planted on a wide scale. Star
fruit was introduced to the Caribbean islands, Central America, South America, and
Hawaii in 1935.
The star fruit is a decent source of several nutrients — especially fiber and vitamin C.
This is the nutrient content of a single, medium-sized (91-gram) star fruit (1):
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Protein: 1 gram
- Vitamin C: 52% of the RDI
- Vitamin B5: 4% of the RDI
- Folate: 3% of the RDI
- Copper: 6% of the RDI
- Potassium: 3% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 2% of the RDI
Though the nutrient content may appear relatively low, keep in mind that this serving only has 28 calories and 6 grams of carbs. This means that, calorie for calorie, star fruit is very nutritious.