Salak - snake fruit

Salak - snake fruit
30.04.2017

We all love fruit, and especially interesting to try the exotic fruits that surprise for its taste properties and appearance. One such plant is "snake fruit".
Palm up to 2 m with a short gnarled trunk. The leaves are pinnate, 3-7 m long blackish spines on the stalks and leaf sheaths. The upper side of leaves green, glossy, bottom - whitish Fruit oval or pear-shaped, wedge-shaped tapering towards the base, with a diameter of 3-4 cm, weighing 50-100 g are Covered with an easily removable scaly brown skin, reminiscent of snake skin. The flesh is beige in color consists of one or more segments. Nice refreshing taste of fruit reminiscent of pineapple and banana with a slight nutty flavor. An unripe fruit because of the high content of tannins knits mouth. The fruit contains 1-3 dark brown oval non-edible bone. Distributed mainly in Southeast Asia. Season: in Thailand and Malaysia, June-August, in Indonesia - all year round. Popular in Indonesia and Malaysia, the fruit is rarely found in other countries. It is believed that the most delicious fruits grow in Bali and near Yogyakarta on Java. However, many Europeans repels like snake skin fruit. Some fans manage to grow Salak at home from seeds. To bear fruit the plant begins four years later, the fruits Mature within six months.
The taste of this fruit may be different, it depends on its grade. For reviews has tried it people it's hard to say what it is, we can only conclude that is very tasty. Some say that it taste like banana and the pineapple, to others it is more like cherries, strawberries or gooseberries with a hint of walnut. There are even opinions that this fruit resembles wool "Corvalol" and "Valerian". In any case, if the fruit is ripe, it's very nice and refreshing. This bouquet of flavors already makes you want to try snake fruit and to know how he will manifest himself to you. Just so you know, cultivated is also another, very similar to the Salak fruit, referred to as "Cancers". These two fruits are very similar, and many believe that cancers is just a Thai name herring. Cancers, in contrast to herring, red, and taste more concentrated, so that it is better to buy more elongated fruits.
Choose properly ripe fruit. Of course, unripe fruit, with its taste will not please you. As a rule, it is bitter or sour has an astringent effect due to tanning agents contained therein. Ripe fruit to choose easily. To do this, just smell the fruit. Aroma of ripe fruit will be more intense, and the color is darker among others. It is important to know that the "snake fruit" (Salak) should be solid. If it is soft, that means it is overripe, was spoiled, improperly stored or transported. The taste of the fruit will be even sweeter than it is larger. Small fruit will be sour. Also worth noting is that pinkish hue of the rind indicates that the fruit will be sour.
The name of this fruit was formed on the basis of its appearance, reminiscent of snake scales, which translated to English and became known as "snake fruit". It should be noted that Salak has managed to enter the top of the most delicious and popular exotic fruits in Southeast Asia. He has an astringent taste. In addition, the Baltic herring has a specific taste, which made it for some the most delicious of all fruits, and others - presented in the form of a fruit with a peculiar taste, which, anyway, worth a try at least once to be able to meet him.
Eat "snake fruit", usually in the form of cheese just like that or adding to a salad. Is it possible to prepare drinks, jam or marmalade. Also popular is a dish of unripe pickled herring, which is served with meat or fish as a snack. From fruit preparing salads, sauces and compotes. Unripe fruit pickled herring. The caloric content of herring is around 82 Calories. Composition it is represented by such components as: proteins - 0.2 g, fat - 0.4 g, carbohydrates 21,3 g.
Salak contains large amounts of tannins, capable to the human body harmful substances, to stop bleeding, to deal with diarrhea and hemorrhoids. In pulp lots of beta-carotene with antioxidant properties, calcium, iron and phosphorus. Doctors believe that the main value of the Baltic herring - tannin. It neutralizes the pathogenic human microflora, relieves irritation and inflammation in the intestinal mucosa. In Thai medicine, the extracts and decoctions of the fruit and leaves herring used to improve or restore vision. Himself Salak contains in its composition of tannin, which acts as a means of facilitating the excretion of toxic and other harmful substances, it can also have astringent, hemostatic effect, having in addition protivogemorroidalnyj and antidiarrheal properties. The use of such fruit favorable impact on the formation and improvement of immunity.
At the same time for all periods of such use of the fetus, the incidence of negative influence on organism have been identified. But like any other fruit it is not recommended to eat it in very large amounts, everything should be in moderation. Eat on health!