Incredible Kajang Carambola
Last summer I put in tree carambola trees, a Kari, a Bell, and Kajang.
I've had Kari at Jeff's place and knew I'd like them. After planting the Kari, I found a nice sized Bell. After much wait and hand pollinating it finally fruited. At the same time, I bought a little 3' tall Kajang which was already in blossoms and I put it in the ground on the side of my house, now called "Carambola lane" :-)
Here's my assessment of the three fruits from the best fruit picked totally ripe off the tree.
#1 Kajang. By far the sweetest and most full of juice of the three. This little guy on its first fruit cycle EXPLODED in blooms which I hand pollinated. Only a half dozen stayed to mature. Its ripe yellow color is lighter than the Bell, and larger.
#2. Bell. This one was really deceiving. When I first picked fruit as if it were a Kari in color, the fruit was acidic and not juicy. I was going to pull it out of the ground. I'm glad I did not. I let all of the fruit get almost school bus orange and the difference was dramatic. Sweet, and pretty juicy, but not as good as the Kajang.
#3. Kari. This is a close one behind the Bell. It appears to be more productive but not quite as sweet but definitely a keeper. Next cycle I'm going to try pinching off some of the fruits and giving it more "K" fertilizer to see if sweetness can be enhanced.
It was never my plan to keep three carambola trees and allow them to mature but I'm so glad I put them in and will keep them all. You just may see me at the flea market someday after I retire with baskets full of carabola labeled by cultivar selling fruit and trees someday :-)