Have you ever had a taste of Salak Bali fruit? Salak, snake fruit, or salacca zallacca is an exotic fruit from Indonesia. In Bali, it is often called salak gula pasir. The flesh of the fruit is coarse, thick, and pale white with fibrous thin membranes surrounding it. The taste is sweet and a bit sour when it is still young. Ripe salak Bali fruit will only leave you wanting more. It is different from that of salak pondoh. The flesh is sweet and rather crisp no matter whether it is ripe or not and has less water content. As you continue biting it you will find the seed within. If you ever found the flesh a bit reddish or purplish and still firms and not mussy, know that the fruit is totally ripe and sweet. However, you should be very careful in peeling any kind of salak since the outside of the dark brown skin is full of thorns.
Here are 7 facts that you should recognize about salak Bali fruit, in the following.
Do you know that people in Bali incorporate salak Bali fruit in winemaking? It turns out, the water content in salak Bali fruit is higher than salak pondoh. Therefore, it makes an ideal ingredient for wine. To release the alcohol substance, they need to ferment the fruits for about 3 months. They can get even up to 13.5% alcohol from a bottle of salak wine. The alcoholic beverage is specially produced in the Region of Karangasem and has been exported throughout big cities in Indonesia
You need to wait for the harvest season coming around February because per kg purchase of salak Bali fruit you will often have it for 5x cheaper especially if you buy it in traditional markets in Sindhu Beach, Sanur, or go east to the Sibetan Village in Karangasem.
It’s not just sweet in flavor but is also rich in nutrition such as fiber, protein, sugar, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin A, and various antioxidants are in it. In 100 grams of salak, it contains 3.9 mg of iron, 0.2 mg of vitamin B2, 8.4 mg of vitamin C, 12.1 g of carbohydrates, 38 mg of calcium, 18 mg of phosphorus, 0.8 g of protein, 0.8 g of protein. 0.4 g total fat and 0.3 g fiber.
Because of its nutritious contents, salak has medicinal properties that can help improve your eyesight, digestion, increase energy, encourage weight loss, and regulate blood sugar levels for diabetic patients.
Although relatively smaller than its other kinds, salak Bali fruit is the most expensive salak commodity that you can ever imagine. This is because its sweet, delicious taste gives it a higher price point.
We couldn’t agree more to the fact that being too greedy about consuming basically anything can lead you to more harm than good. It is no different to salak either. If you are overeating it, you might be at risk of constipation for the fiber will be too much for your digestion to handle. Also, supposedly you have gastric disease and ulcers, it’s best to be a moderate eater to enjoy the best parts of it. This is because it can aggravate it and further irritate the stomach as well.
When eating salak, you will often find thin membranes attached to the flesh of the fruit. That membrane is the epidermis of the fruit that sadly most people often overlook and throw it away. That’s where the fiber nestles and is very useful for those who are dealing with diarrhea. It also contains tannins that help in recovering constipation. Tannin functions as an antimicrobial in the digestive system, so it can help speed up the excretory process.
The other one is the outside skin. Although looking rough and can potentially cut your finger. You might be surprised that the skin extract from Salak is often incorporated into a medication for diabetes type 1.
Yes, by this we mean there are tons of simple recipes that you can follow that use salak as the main ingredient such as rujak, cake, sweetmeat, or you can pickle it.
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