Bali Fruit: Snakeskin (Salak)

Snakeskin fruit or salak is new to me.   “A native fruit from Indonesia and Malaysia, the snakeskin fruit grow in clusters at the base of the palm.   The taste is usually sweet and acidic, like a cross between a crunchy sweet apple and a pineapple, but its texture can vary from very dry and crumbly to moist and crunchy. . .[Here in Bali, the ones I’ve had are moist and crunchy – and delicious.]   This palm grows to 10 feet tall, is very thorny, and produces fruits in large clusters. Plants are self pollinating. Likes filtered sunlight.”

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To peel, start by pinching off the tip.  rr photo

Snakeskin fruit are refreshing  and very popular in SE Asia.

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Snakeskin fruit at the base of the palm.

Image and information from: <https://www.pinterest.com/pin/391953973799636953/>.

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Partially peeled snakeskin fruit. rr photo

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The fruit divides into clove-like pieces. rr photo

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snakeskin fruit pit. rr photo

They are delicious on their own, but adding them to a salad gives an added good flavor and crunch.

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Snakeskin salad from veganlogy.com

Raw Vegan Energy Salad:

Ingredients:

3 whole Salak [Snakeskin fruit] -Peel, pitted and cut into strips

1 Avocado – Cut into cube

1 tbsp Goji Berries

1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

1/2 cup Pineapple cube

3 pcs Medjool Dates – Pitted, cut into strips

3 leaves Iceberg Lettuce [or your favorite lettuce]  – Torn

Dressing:

1/2 pcs Lemon-Squeezed for juice

1/4 tsp Paprika

1/2 tsp Olive Oil

1/2 tsp Ground Cumin

pinch of Natural Sea Salt

Dash Black Pepper

Method:

Prepare all the ingredients in salad bowl,

Just before serving. Pour dressing over salad and lightly toss.

There you go! The super tasty Raw Delightful Salak Salad !

Recipe from http://veganlogy.com/2012/09/10/raw-vegan-energy-salad/

Look for snakeskin fruit.  I think you will love it too.

Salamat Makan,  (Enjoy your meal), Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

2 responses to “Bali Fruit: Snakeskin (Salak)”

  1. Rosita says :

    Mmm…this fruit seems to be delicious, and I’m torn whether is that a jack – yah, that’s a fruit name too!, and, BTW, it’s a delicious food, although with a sweet, although smell – or a durian – the last one is said to have a terrible smell, although IDK, ’cause I never ate it nor would have courage of eating something with such an unpleasant smell LOL -, so, do that fruit puzzles into any of those 2 ones, based on the description I gave yuh? It seems like a durian, but wha’ do y’all think? Durian is said to have a pungent taste. And how exactly do that fruit tastes like? Wha’ about the smell?
    May God bless y’all,
    R

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: The Durian you are describing is a fruit that I think smells like rotting chicken! However, many people in Asia love Durian, and different people describe the smell in different ways. When I was here in Bali two years ago, I tried eating Durian for the first time. It has a custard texture and an almond taste. Once I ignored the smell, I liked the taste. 🙂 However, I haven’t rushed out to get Durian since I’ve been back this time. The Jack Fruit is here too. I’ll look for some. The Snake fruit is different in look and taste from the Durian and the Jack Fruit. Aloha, Renée

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