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Salak, A Tropical Fruit You Might Not Know



Salak, Snake Fruits
Salak, Snake Fruits

Do you know all the fruits in your country? Have you tried eating them?

A few days ago, a Thai woman with her baby came to where I work. She brought a box full of packed tropical fruits. My Thai workmates  including me were so happy seeing those delicious exotic fruits in the box. The box was full of rambutan, Asian mango, jackfruit, young coconuts and snake fruits.

Have you heard of Salak? Me, not until the Thai woman came with the tropical fruits to sell. I have not seen Salak in my life until that day. I wonder if this fruit is sold in my home country Philippines. My Thai workmate showed me in her smartphone the english name of Salak. It´s called Snake fruit. Why snake fruit? I was so curious that I had to Google that fruit when I came home. At least I know now how it tasted as my workmate gave me one to try. Not bad at all.

 

Here´s what I have found out about Salak or snake fruits:

  • Salak is a palm tree fruit and is produced in some parts of Asia like Indonesia and Thailand.
  • It is called snake fruit as the skin of this fruit is rough and scaly like the skin of a reptile.
  • It looks like a fig fruit and has reddish-brown color with tiny spikes on it.
  • Though the skin is reddish-brown, the fruit inside is white in color and has a texture like lychee.
  • It has 3 lobes (as I have noticed when eating Salak for the first time) which resembles the cloves of the garlic. The inside of the lobe has a brown seed which is not edible.
  • The fruit is juicy, sweet but acidic and taste a bit like pineapple.
  • It is a healthy snack on the go as it contains Vitamin C, iron, thiamine, potassium and pectin.
  • Eating too much Salak can cause constipation.

 

How to eat Salak:

Salak is easy to eat. Just open the fruit skin with your hands and you will see a white film that covered the white juicy lobes. Remove the white film before eating.

 

I wish I have bought some Salak but it was so expensive. I just bought Rambutan which is one of my favorite fruits. Have you tried eating Salak?

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