Salak – The acid palm fruit

Today it was time for another bunch of salak fruits. This fruit is grown on a little palm tree, which grows only up to 6 meters. Its scientific name is salacca zalacca, but the fruit is common known as snakefruit. Thai’s simply call it sala. The fruit is packed in a snake like scaly skin with tiny thorns which can be quite painful if stinging into your skin. Despite the difficult to peel the skin of this little fruit, it is worth non the less. The fruits taste delicious, thai salaka mixture between acidity and sweetness. The little palm tree of the salak is native to the Malaysian peninsula (to which southern Thailand belongs) and Indonesia. There are two main varieties of this fruit here in Thailand. One is rounder, the other more elliptical. The first Thai people call sala indo and in English this sala variety is usually called salak Bali. The other one is simply called sala and seems to be the more common one here in Thailand. Like the mangosteen and durian, this fruit can only be harvested in the rainy months of May, June and July. The fruits flesh is high in beta-carotene (good for the eyes), vitamin C and plenty of tannins. Due to its high fiber content, it is also useful to eat salak if suffering from diarrhea. The fruit is also believed to increase stamina and neurological functions.

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