Friday, May 27, 2011
Buah Salak or Snake Fruit
Do any of you like to eat buah salak or snake fruit? To me, this fruit is still quite exotic although it's native to our region (mainly Malaysia and Indonesia). The reddish brown scaly skin is quite beautiful. Like a coat of armour, it keeps curious predators away. But if you try, you'll find that it's thin and peels off easily.
The skin reminds me of the scaly anteater. Wouldn't it be cute if each of these were a mini anteater all curled up?
When peeled, the fruit has three fleshy lobes within. They are coated with a thin waxy covering (you can rub this off easily). Each lobe contains a large, stony, inedible seed. The flesh itself is dry, crunchy like an apple, yet somewhat starchy. The taste is hard to describe - sweetly tangy, but unlike any other fruit. It's still an acquired taste to me.