Snake Fruit (Salacca zalacca)
Snake Fruit, also known as Salak, is a rare species of palm tree native to Indonesia, named for the scaley outer skin of the fig-shaped fruit. The fruit is moist and juicy. It sprouts in clusters from the base of the palm. The golden-brown skin peels away to reveal delicious tropical fruit with a slightly acidic taste and a flavor blend of pineapple, pear, banana, and jasmine. Fruit is a great source of nutrients such as thiamine, iron, calcium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Snake fruit is known as the Fruit of Memory in Indonesia due to it's high levels of potassium and pectin.
Snake Fruit is a medium self-pollinating tropical fruiting palm that does best in humid, tropical climates however can also thrive in drier climates with the proper care. In drier climates follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Salak doesn't like to dry out but can't tolerate standing water either. Keep shady during it's first few years. Salak is self-pollinating and suitable for a container.