A fast-growing, low-rise tropical palm tree with many feathery-leaved trunks, the petioles, and axes of which are covered with thorns. Bunches of red-brown fruit grow just above the ground at the base of the trunk. Scaly, rough, thorny, and resembling snakeskin fruits of salak (hence the name – snake fruit, similar to small onions. The pulp is beige-yellow, sweet, aromatic, and has a specific taste.

  1. This fruit grows on a palm tree and has many small thorns. To clean it, you need to get used to it or you can easily chop off all your hands.
  2. The homeland of the Salak is Southeast Asia – Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, in other countries, it is very rare.
  3. It is believed that the most delicious varieties grow in Java near Yogyakarta and Bali.
  4. The taste of the fruit differs depending on the variety.
  5. Some describe it as sweet and sour with a nutty flavor, some say the taste resembles something like cherries, gooseberries, and strawberries, for others something like a mixture of banana and pineapple, and others describe it as cotton wool filled with valerian with the same smell and taste.
  6. Unripe fruits are either very bitter or tart-sour. Let us remind you that it all depends on the variety of salak. By the way, and outwardly, they are different from round to almond-shaped. But all one is brown.
  7. The pulp has several or one segment and different intensities of beige color. Again, it depends on the salak species.
  8. Salak (snake fruit) contains tannin, which removes all harmful substances from the body, has astringent, hemostatic, antidiarrheal, and anti hemorrhoidal properties.
  9. Typically, the fruit is eaten raw, but it can also be used boiled and candied. Unripe fruits have a sour and astringent taste and are pickled like pickles.
  10. Even though there are no special contraindications to the use of salak, it is not necessary to lean on it in large quantities at the first acquaintance with this fruit.
  11. For those who are not accustomed to tropical fruits, such “overeating” can be expressed in itching, rashes, and digestive upset – in other words, allergies.