Last Sunday, I was shopping for Thai condiments at Golden Mile Complex (the Little Thailand in Singapore) when I came across this weird looking fruit. This is Thailand's snake skin fruit.
The skin of the fruit is scaly like a snake and prickly like a cactus, but the inside is sweet and sour. Incredibly, it is juicy too. What an interesting fruit with a spectacular flavour. This exotic fruits grow on palm trees in little clusters.
It costs S$7 per kilogram.
Indonesia's Buah Salak, snake skin fruits
Indonesia has snake skin fruits which I love. The fruit is acidic and sweet but its texture is crunchy. My Indonesian friends who used to buy these exotic fruits for me, tell me the finest snake skin fruits are grown in Bali called Salak Gula Pasir (White Sugar Salak ). I agree, their skins are thinner and taste sweeter, juicier.
The elder Indonesians tell me that buah salaks are good for my brain, eyes, stomach and complexion.
Now, I buy my buah salaks in our NTUC supermarkets whenever I crave for them. Note : Do not eat too many buah salaks at one go as they can cause constipation. :P