For Sale: None at this time
Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: Mild
Full Size (WxH): 4m+Ideal Min Temp: 15'C (59'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Reddish-BrownHarvest: July-SeptYear(s) to bear fruit: 4-5
Prop. Method: SeedFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: Natural cycles of lower temps and shorter days.
Description: Aka: Snake-Fruit. A species of palm tree (family Arecaceae) native to Java and Sumatra. It is a very short-stemmed palm, with leaves up to 6m (20') long; each leaf has a 2m (7') long petiole with spines up to 15cm (5.9") long, and numerous leaflets. The fruits grow in clusters at the base of the palm, and are also known as snake fruit due to the reddish-brown scaly skin. They are about the size and shape of a ripe fig, with a distinct tip. The pulp is edible. The fruit can be peeled by pinching the tip, which should cause the skin to slough off so it can be pulled away. The fruit inside consists of three lobes with the two larger ones, or even all three, containing a large inedible seed. The lobes resemble, and have the consistency of, large peeled garlic cloves. The taste is usually sweet and acidic, with a strong astringent edge, but its apple-like texture can vary from very dry and crumbly (salak pondoh from Yogyakarta) to moist and crunchy (salak Bali).

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