The Salak (Snake Fruit) of Indonesia

My first encounter with the salak, or snake fruit, a native to Java and Sumatra, Indonesia came while visiting Pura Besakih (pura= temple) in Bali in 2005.  As much as I’d like to add a photo from then, my external hard drive suffered a nasty fall, so you can join me in imagining what it was like to come across a…salak vendor…

Palembang, Indonesia - Salak (Snake Fruit)It gets the nickname snake fruit due to its scaly (and inedible) skin; if you really like snakes, you might be able to convince a purveyor of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) that the salak skin is much more powerful and auspicious.

There are a few cultivars of this fruit of the salacca zalacca palm tree; I’ve tried ones that were crunchy and ones that just fell apart all too easily.  Don’t eat the seed, otherwise you might need to have a sip of this to will you back to your feet.  Regardless of the texture, the taste to me has always been similar to artificially-flavored lime bubble gum, sometimes more sour, sometimes more sweet.


Want to try some salak but nowhere near the Equator?  These folks might be of service.

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