We ate 22 lbs (~10kg) of Snake Skin fruit!
That’s how much my family and I (6 of us) ate over a period of a week while we were in Bali earlier this year.
Beware though – the outside of this fruit looks rather intimidating (it’s named Snake Skin Fruit because of the reddish-brown-scaly-skin) and unless you know how to properly peel these things, you might end up with cuts on your fingers!
Once you know how to properly peel the fruit, it’ll be a breeze and it’ll all be worth it because the inside is sweet, juicy and addictive!
Specifically look for “Salak Gula Pasir” when in Bali
As Malaysians, we are very familiar with this fruit which is also known locally as “Salak” because there are plenty in Malaysia (you can also find them in Thailand, Singapore and other south east Asian countries).
However, the unique thing about the Salak in Bali is that this is the only place where we have ever found a specific variety of Salak called the “Salak Gula Pasir”.
There are different varieties of Snake Skin Fruit and the “Salak Gula Pasir” is the sweetest of them all. Some describe the taste as a cross between an apple and pineapple. The taste is rather unique and hard to describe but it’s definitely a close comparison!
Probably also the most expensive variety. When in Bali in January (they are in season around February), we were able to purchase these for around 60,000 IDR/kg (~USD$5/kg).
If you know of anywhere else that has this besides Bali, please do let us know!
With the other types of Salak we’ve had in Malaysia and Thailand, there’s a chance that you may end up with a dry, sometimes not-so-juicy, starchy tasting inside. With the Salak Gula Pasir that we encountered in Bali, it was always juicy and delicious!
So, how do you peel this fruit? It’s very simple…
Step 1: Grab the fruit with a tissue
Step 2: Grab the top pointy end of the fruit and peel back
Step 3: Proceed to peeling the rest of the skin off of the fruit
Step 4: Rub/peel off any thin film over the meat if any. Then EAT!
Word of Caution: There is sometimes an inedible seed inside the fruit. Just eat the white flesh and not the seed!
Some have also told us that you can become constipated if you eat too much! We did not have that problem (probably because we have “native” stomachs) but you should start out with just a few first and see how it goes!
Have you had Snake Skin Fruit before?
Hope this will inspire you to try it out next time you’re in South East Asia (especially Bali!)!