10 responses to “Salacca zalacca”

  1. Jo

    Thanks, Daniel. I can’t wait to go to my local produce store and ask for it by it’s wonderful name! I am anxious to try it. 🙂 and I’ll bet it’s expensive.

  2. Anna Lambe

    Oh Daniel, Salacca Zalacca has to be a children’s poem, waiting to happen!

    Salacca Zalacca dressed in brown,
    Salacca Zalacca went to town,
    Salacca zalacca danced up and down,
    Salacca Zalacca’s such a clown!

    It really is an irresistible name.

    Thanks again for your column, always a good read!


  3. michael aman

    I read the name and assumed I had missed the whole winter and it was April Fool’s Day already.

  4. Cindy

    Fascinating – thank you

  5. Nette

    Charming appearance, and the name had me singing “Salacca zalacca” to the tune of Ry Cooder’s “Chinita Chinita.”

  6. Rachel

    One of my favorite fruits on BPoD! In 2011, I was fortunate enough to visit a salak plantation in Java, where I got to try about 10 different varieties fresh. I probably ate 100 fruits that day.. Picking them off the plant was a delicate task, since it protects the clusters with vicious spines all around.
    Salak “Pondoh” seemed to be the most commonly available variety there, and one of the most sweet and delicious, if I remember correctly. Other varieties were quite tart, but always with a really nice aroma, like a mix of other fruits. Fresh they are pretty crisp, with a nice snap, but not very juicy, more like a dry-ish apple. I like the way the skin peels off in a thin, intact sheet, just like a snake shedding really.
    I managed to get a few fruits all the way back home, and even got some seeds to germinate. But they didnt make it in the end. Mmmmmmm, I would really love to have these again.

  7. Wendy Cutler

    The spines on these are decorative as well as awesome. I’d post my photo, but it had a different species name, which might or might not be a synonym. Dick Culbert posted a photo on flickr with this name: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92252798@N07/14253961027/.

  8. Richard Droker

    Brings back memories of traveling through Indonesia in 1985. On a very long bus ride across Sumatra we stopped somewhere known for excellent salak. Everyone purchased some in large net bags. My favorite though was the mangosteen.

  9. lynn

    You’ve brought us another great exotic, thank you! I love the link, especially the weighing out of the fruit, and the text reference to saxophone-like root growth – how descriptive!

  10. Anna

    I’m a little behind on my email as usual. Just read this now and I have to tell you Daniel that I did exactly the same thing as you did – Last weekend, (out of curiosity) I bought a single snake fruit at the public market, took it home and put it on the kitchen counter for a few days. By the time I peeled it, I also found that the fruit had begun to ferment (pretty badly in my case), so it got tossed in the compost. It was funny to read that I’m not alone! I wonder if the perfume of the fruit is always so intense or if was just intensified by fermentation…

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