There are very few who can match Shilpa Shettywhen it comes to taking care of their health -- the body and mind. Agree? She has been an inspiration to many.And, she often shared her beauty secrets with others. A major thrust she gives on keeping herself fit comes from the diet she follows, which involves a lot of fruits. Some of which she has planted in her own garden for a steady supply. In a recent Instagram post, Shilpa Shetty said she likes to pluck fruits. But which one?
The post had a video that showed Shilpa plucking the khatta-meetha starfruit, also known as carambola, a superfood. In Hindi, it is called “Kamrakh”, and has five-angled ridges because of which it got the moniker “starfruit”. “It's amazing when you plant with your own hands, and it grows into a tree and bears fruit… Nothing beats that feeling,” the 46-year-old wrote.
Shilpa Shetty enumerated the benefits of eating starfruit. It is rich in vitamin C and thus boosts immunity. It is also a great source of antioxidants and minerals such as potassium and copper. Adding a dash of pink salt makes the taste even more amazing, the actress added. But, she cautioned, those who have any kidney-related ailment should avoid it.
“Everyone knows my obsession with fruit plucking. So I couldn't resist anymore and got to some ‘fruit picking' in my garden yesterday,” Shilpa Shetty added.
Starfruit contains both primary and secondary polyphenols, which are believed to boost digestion and brain health. These fruits are also known for their anti-microbial properties, and so help treat skin infections. Some eat it raw, others mix it in a fruit salad or make pickles and chutneys.
This yellowish-green treat grows locally across the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asian countries, Seychelles, Mauritius and other tropical regions. However, some believe it traces its origin to Sri Lanka, where it is called Kamaranga.