- Salak is a Snake fruit whose skin copies the snake’s texture and its maybe hearts you if you not taking care of it.
- Salak (Salacca zalacca) is a species of the palm tree (family Arecaceae) native to Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It is cultivated in other regions of Indonesia as a food crop and is reportedly naturalized in Bali, Lombok, Timor, Maluku, and Sulawesi.
- The salak Salacca glabrescent was featured on a Malaysian stamp, issued 27 February 1999 under the rare fruits series of stamps
Location of Salak Farm
Salak pondoh is an important fruit in the Yogyakarta province on the island of Java. In the five years to 1999, the annual production in Yogyakarta doubled to 28,666 tons.
Salak popularity (compared with other cultivars) among local Indonesian consumers is mainly due to the intensity of its aroma and its sweet flavor even before reaching full maturity.
Salak pondoh has three more superior variations, namely pondoh super, pondoh hitam (black pondoh), and pondoh gading (ivory / yellowish-skinned pondoh)
Snake Fruit Benefits
Salak is a good food to add to dishes for flavor, and it also has high nutritional value. The edible parts of the fruit have beneficial amounts of phenolic, flavonoid, and monoterpenoid mixtures that make it a great source of nutrients. This fruit also has high levels of:
- Vitamins A and C
A serving of salak only has good carbs, 82 calories, and 4% fat. It has a low impact on the overall caloric rate of your meal.
It has properties that help with digestion, vision health, cognition, energy increases, blood sugar regulation, and weight loss.
The flesh of the fruit has increased levels of polysaccharides like dietary fiber and pectin. That makes it a potential immunostimulatory aid, but these effects have not been reported via research.
Studies have, however, shown that snake fruit does have beneficial effects on the body through activated macrophages.
Snake fruit is a source of phenolic compounds and antioxidative properties associated with health benefits.
Conditions Do Snake Fruit Help With?
Energy boost: Studies show that salak stimulates metabolism and increases stamina. It boosts energy levels via the carbohydrates in the fruit which maintains energy levels throughout the day.
Weight loss: Levels of dietary fiber are high in salak. This helps you to feel full and prevents overeating. The fiber also helps with digestion and cuts down on cramping, constipation, and bloating.
Improved memory: Due to its levels of beta-carotene, pectin, and potassium, snake fruit can improve blood flow to the brain. This helps with cognition and memory. In some areas, salak is known as the memory fruit. It eliminates some levels of oxidative stress, which helps to lower the risk of degenerative diseases of the brain.
Vision protection: The antioxidant beta-carotene is found in snake fruit, and it directly benefits vision health. The levels in your diet can reduce the risk of progressive cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Heart health benefits: Potassium levels in salak aid in the lowering of blood pressure. It reduces tension in the arteries and other blood vessels and decreases strain on the cardiovascular system.
Heartburn relief: Traditionally, snake fruit has been used in native populations of Asia to relieve heartburn.
Diabetes aid: An animal study by the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine showed that snake fruit prepared in vinegar has high levels of polyphenols that decreased blood glucose levels and improve lipid profiles.
How is that Salak taste
Salak taste like old fermentation food therefore Salak can easily be made into an alcoholic drink that closely resembles grape-based wine.
Though most times it is eaten fresh, it can be pickled, juiced, candied, canned, dried, fried into chips, and made into syrup. It is easily blended in pies and jams.
It is a popular street food in Thailand. In Indonesia, it is used as an ingredient in rujak, which is a spicy vegetable and fruit salad