THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Snake fruit looks as strange as it’s named

The sweet and sour Southeast Asian fruit explained

By Supatra Sutham

Friday 27 May 2016, 05:20PM

The lobes of the fruit look like garlic. Photo: Flickr

The lobes of the fruit look like garlic. Photo: Flickr

Snake fruit, or as it’s known in Thai “salak”, like durian, and many other tropical fruits, is a naturally-occurring specialty of Southeast Asia. Salak is also known as snake fruit because of its reddish-brown scaly rough skin, which bears much resemblance to reptilian skin. It’s extremely well-known in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. The fruit is around
the shape and size of a fig, along with a distinctive tip. 

Salak (Salacca zalacca) is a species of palm tree (family Arecaceae) native to Java and Sumatra, and today is populated all over in Southern Thailand. The salak palm tree is a very short-stemmed palm with leaves up to six metres long; each leaf has a two-metre long stalk with spines up to 15 centimetres long, and numerous leaflets.

The fruit sprouts off at the base of the palm in little clusters. Most varieties of snake fruit have dark brown skin when mature and have a bulbous appearance that tapers to a point at one end. It can be easily peeled off by breaking the tip, and beneath the skin lies off-white to cream-coloured juicy lobes. Visually, it is somewhat identical to large peeled cloves of garlic with dark brown, hard, inedible seeds. Some varieties are drier and have a flaky consistency while some snake fruit are moist and juicy.

New Paths Retreat

Although the outside of the fruit is scaly like a snake and prickly like a cactus, but the inside is sweeter than honey, sour like a pineapple and incredibly juicy when it ripe. The taste is usually sweet with a slightly acidic and interestingly with an apple-like texture – crunchy, juicy and dry.
Salak can be either sweet or sour, depending on the various species. Some species of salak would taste better than others so try them all if you have a chance. 

Thais enjoy salak dipped in a mixture of sugar and salt, but you get more out of it without the extra seasoning. Snake fruit contains numerous nutrients such as vitamin C, proteins, carbohydrates, dietary fibre, calcium, phosphorus, iron, beta-carotene, and thiamine that are healthy supplements. You probably don’t find it at typical fruit trucks but a fruit stand along the road, supermarkets or local fresh markets are stock it in plenty when it is in season.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street

Don't you read of the massive amounts of drugs being seized? ...(Read More)

Satree Phuket students injured in highway van accident

Another nonsense head to head accident involving 2 thai drivers. Where they fit for for driving, hav...(Read More)

Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

Why the whole of Phuket not ends the use of plastic straws and styrofoam food boxes by Government o...(Read More)

Phuket police transferred amid extrajudicial killing probe

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Son nam na....(Read More)

Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

Has the Phoenix by now lifted or not? If not, why not?...(Read More)

GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Just what exactly should tourists be "googling"...? The fact that Thailand is the best pla...(Read More)

Cambodia pardons Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage

Laughing stuff. What is there for a western country to espionage in Cambodia and Laos. Doesn't m...(Read More)

Phuket police transferred amid extrajudicial killing probe

And the "victim" sounds like such a pillar of the community. Running through checkpoints. ...(Read More)

Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street

All these arrests are meaningless, just top of the ice berg. All just poor phuket street mules. As l...(Read More)

GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

...,calling someone being naive is probably because of your own lack of knowledge.Doing a search in ...(Read More)


Melbourne Cup 2018