Snake fruit is a type of fruit native to Indonesia where it is known as ‘salak’. It received its nickname of snake fruit because its skin is covered in scales resembling the skin of a snake. It grows on certain palm trees and is cultivated in Southeast Asia, but is a rare sight in other parts of the world. The first I laid eyes on a snake fruit was in Bali, but that was long before this blog ever started. I recently had a second chance to try this fruit at the Goji Kitchen + Bar buffet in Bangkok, which made the number one spot on the Tripadvisor Bangkok listing.
To eat the fruit, first you have to get through the skin. Although the skin is quite thick and tough, almost like tree bark, it does give away quite easily. You are then left with a white, slightly translucent fruit. Inside is a big stone, so there isn’t much in the way of actual fruit. I found it easiest just to take it in whole and spit out the stone. The flesh was slightly sweet with a texture similar to apples. It’s hard to label the flavor with anything, but if I’m forced I would say lychee, though others may not agree.
Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6