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Salak (Salacca zalacca) is a species of palm tree (family Arecaceae) native to Indonesia and Malaysia. It is a very short-stemmed palm, withleaves up to 6m long; each leaf has a 2m long petiole with spines up to 15cm long, and numerous leaflets.

The fruit grow in clusters at the base of the palm, and are also known as snake fruit due to the reddish-brown scaly skin. They are about the size and shape of a ripe fig, with a distinct tip. 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, each containing a large inedible seed. The lobes resemble, and have the consistency of, large peeled garlic cloves. The taste is usually sweet and acidic, but its apple-like texture can vary from very dry and crumbly (salak pondoh from Yogyakarta) to moist and crunchy (salak Bali). 
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Quick Tip by . November 07, 2009
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Its exterior looks like snake skin, hence also known as snake fruit. Best is Salak Bali & Pondoh. Crunchy & unlike anything you've had.      A distinctive fruit which I've only found in Indonesia & Malaysia. They have been exported to some other Asian countries like Singapore, Hong Kong & China. Try it if you come across it. Salak Bali & Salak Pondoh (sometimes, Pondok) are best. 
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