The 'Arkin' carambola in Florida

Robert J. Knight Jr., Johnathan H. Crane


'Arkin' carambola (Averrhoa carambola L.) grew from seed collected in Malaysia in 1973 that were planted in Miami, Florida where it was selected. 'Arkin' is the most successful cultivar in commerce to date because it resists stresses of picking, packing and shipping, and has fruit quality that is acceptable in the market. The fruit is low in acid, and thus is considered a sweet carambola even though its sugar content is lower than that of some other cultivars. Of others tested in Florida, 'Kary', from Hawaii, and 'B-10', from Malaysia, are grown on a small commercial scale. Members of a group that includes 'Demak', 'Fwang Tung' and 'Hew-1' do not appear to have as much commercial potential although each has various traits of value.


averrhoa carambola; cultivar improvement; tropical pomology

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283