Friday, May 27, 2011

Buah Salak or Snake Fruit

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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? 


The peeled buah salak or snake fruit has large fleshy lobes
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.

8 comments:

  1. used to eat this when i was a kid (10 years ago? lol)
    dont seem to see it very often now thou..

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  2. I've tried it and... well, not my cup of tea, or fruit, as it were. Devil won't even try it cos of its snake-skin appearance, haha. :P

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  3. I think you meant pangolin, not anteater cos they're furry.

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  4. T: yeah I don't see them much in Singapore, but they're around apparently.

    Kenny: lol that is so Devil!

    Sid: the scaly anteater is the pangolin. Maybe you only saw my second reference, not my first?

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  5. If u are really keen to try the good ones are usually from Indonesia. There's Salak 'Madu', most commonly bought in Bali. And another one is Salak 'Pondok'. These are wisely available when in season. Quite abundant in batam. Both variants are more sweet and less tart (minimal aftertaste).

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  6. If you eat too much snake fruit, people believe you'll have a constipation. But many says that you can eat as much as you can without constipation, by not peel the thin coverer. Just try it!

    Ambu Dian - Bandung, Indonesia

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  7. This is actually one of my favorite food :D

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  8. i accidentaly swallow the seed and been sick and vomit any idea ?

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