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Snake Fruit: From Exotic Fruit to Tasty Wine  

by on Friday, 2 November 2007No Comment | 5,967 views

From dozens of tropical fruits that can be found in Bali, Salak or snake fruit is the oddest looking one. It is about the size and shape of a ripe fig usually round with a distinct tip, with an edible pulp; to peel, pinch the tip of the fruit and pull away. The fruit inside consists of three lobes, each lobe containing a large inedible seed. The lobes look and have the consistency of peeled garlic cloves, creamy yellow in color and have a sweet acid taste rather like a pineapple, but are crisp and crunchy. But the most distinctive feature of Salak is its reddish-brown scaly skin, and due to this feature salak is dubbed as snake fruit.


Salak plant needs high temperature and humidity throughout the year and also high and continuous water requirement. Due to this requirements, Salak plantations in Bali are concentrated in central and east Bali especially Karangasem Regency, especially in the southern slope of Mount Agung.


In Bali, Salak is usually harvested in early in August, during this month the supply of Salak will far surpass the market demand. You can get incredibly cheap Salak around this month. To cope with this problem Salk farmer produce various salak product to cope with the situation, one of the successful salak products is the Salak Wine.


Salak farmer in Sibetan distiled this wine from the essence of Salak. Salak Wine is quite mild liquor with 7 % alcohol content. The surprisingly rich taste of this Salak Wine just make you crave for more and more. This wine can be purchased directly Sibetan village or restaurant and hotel in east coast of Bali.

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