Food Find: Snake Fruit
Ringo | On 01, Oct 2014
My mother use to tell me that during the early stages of her pregnancy for me, she use to look for Green Mangoes on Sticks. She recalled that she can chow down 10 mangoes on sticks in one sitting.
No wonder, I also had this huge appetite for such fruit. I can also remember that way back my kiddie days, my cravings for sour fruits are tremendously irresistible. I use to climb on our walls just to reach those peeking kamias fruits from the neighbor’s tree in order to satisfy my cravings.
Speaking of sour fruits, just recently, I got curious with this weird-looking fruits as I passed through a nearby market. I didn’t hesitate to buy to let everyone know that such fruits exist.
Upon showing the fruit to my parents, they just smirked and told me that they know the fruit way back. They said that the little things are fruit from rattan, a type of palm tree, which looks like a young bamboo and used to create handicrafts in the Philippines.
Upon checking the internet, they are indeed the fruits of this flexible, yet strong woods. In Southeast Asia this fruit is called Salak, but it was known internationally as snake fruit.
Why snake fruit? Because the skin of the fruit looks and feels like skin of a snake. When you are trying to peel the fruit, you are like scaling a fish. The inside are lanzones-like flesh, but it only contains three partitions with the largest part houses a seed. A thin layer of skin is covering sappy and grainy flesh.
Rattan and its fruits are distributed all throughout Asia. But, the largest supply to the world are coming from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bangladesh. So, we can that this will come in affordable price. Indeed, it only costs P40.00 a kilo.
The taste? Well, it’s quite sour. I can tolerate the sour fruits even calamansi, but this one? Oh men, I can’t stand it. There was this a little sweet part, which was the one near the pedicel (flower bud), that’s the only part that I love. I even tried making a juice out of the flesh, but failed.
Since this has strong acid, we can say that this is rich in vitamin c. According to Wikipeia, this also has medicinal properties and has been a traditional medicine in Indonesia.