Either you love it, or you hate it. According to some friends it smells really bad, but I haven’t noticed that. The fruit that grows on a palm tree in clusters is native to Indonesia but you can also find it in Thailand. It’s proper name is Salacca Zalacca or Salak, but it is known as Snake fruit or Snake eggs due to its brown snakelike skin. There is 30 different cultivars and the skin can vary in colour between brown, yellow and reddish. But in Bali I have only seen different kinds of brown and yellow.
The fruit is a bit dry, and they can taste a bit sweet or just not much at all but in a nice way. I was hooked on it from the first time I had it at Bali. I had the Salak Bali that has a starchy texture and is a bit sweet. When you have peeled of it’s skin, then you can rub of the thin layer of membrane if you want. The fruit lobes has each a seed that you shouldn’t eat!
The fruit is very healthy and consists of vitamin C, iron, beta carotene, calcium, dietary fibre and probably some more. It’s beta carotene level is actually five times higher than in mango!
And apparently it is very good to eat the fruit if you wanna loose weight, as it hold a lot of antioxidants and is high in fibre.
If you can’t find any, you might find it canned, as candy or as chips!
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