Salacca zalacca…or just Salak. A new fruit I ran into and simply had to buy, although Nicky did warn me (I have to give her that). It is usually a round to oval fruit, with a pointed tip (similar to a pear), growing on a very short-stemmed palm. What I was curiously attracted to, was its leathery skin, which is reddish-brown and resembles the scaly skin of a snake; hence why the fruit is also known as snakefruit (could have been a hint to its taste).
Best way to eat – if you’re up for an interesting experience – is to peel it: pinch the tip of the fruit and pull away. I found the taste to be somewhat sweet, mainly acidic and foremost weird (almost foul in a way); the texture of the flesh varied from dry on the outside to a moist and stringy inside. I didn’t find it exceedingly tasty – or let me put it this way, I don’t think I’ll have it again. I really would have liked to have a second opinion, but N. declined gracefully – the smell of it alone… :)