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Friday, May 26, 2017

Salak - 'Salacca zalacca' - fam: Arecaceae

The Salak, Salacca zalacca, also known as the Snake Fruit, because of its reddish-brown, scaly skin, is a species of palm tree, fam: Arecaceae, native to Java, and Sumatra, in Indonesia. It is cultivated in other regions as a food crop, and reportedly naturalized in Bali, Lombok, Timor, Thailand, Malaysia, Maluku, and Sulawesi.

The pulp is edible. The fruit can be peeled by pinching the tip, which should cause the skin to slough off so it can be pulled away. The fruit inside consists of three lobes with the two larger ones, or even all three, containing a large inedible seed. The lobes resemble, and have the consistency of, large peeled garlic cloves. The taste is usually sweet and acidic, with a strong astringent edge, but its apple-like texture can vary from very dry, and crumbly, variable cultivars, salak pondoh from Yogyakarta, to moist, and crunchy, salak Bali. 1

The fruits grow in clusters at the base of the palm, and are about the size and shape of a ripe fig, with a distinct tip.

Generally eaten fresh, the Salak fruit can also be pickled, or hot packed into syrup. An apple texture, and pineapple sweetness, gives good possibilities in pies etc. 2

REFERENCES: Wikipedia 1 Australian Tropical Foods 2


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