Super fruits have been called “the future of our health”1 and “the superheroes of functionality”2 and with the consumer market flooded with these tropical and subtropical fruits, consumers are looking for the next big super fruit. The salak fruit, referred to as snake fruit, is the newest exotic fruit from a species of palm trees native to Indonesia. Salak fruit has been cultivated throughout Indonesia with at least 30 cultivars. The fruit clusters grow at the base of the palm tree and have a reddish-brown scaly skin, hence the name, snake fruit. The pulp is edible and consists of three lobes. The lobes have the consistency of three large peeled garlic cloves, yet the taste is sweet and acidic with an apple-like texture.
In a study published by European Food Research and Technology3, snake fruit was found to contain a high concentration of bioactive compounds, high antioxidant potentials and to positively affect plasma lipid profiles and plasma antioxidant activity in rats fed in cholesterol-containing diets. Researchers recommended including snake fruit in disease preventing diets.
Bell has developed a Snake Fruit Flavor based on the original snake fruit taste profiles. Bell’s Snake Fruit Flavor tastes between a combination of apple, pear, pineapple and lychee, with a bit of an astringent note. Applications include chocolates, hard candies and baked Ggoods.
1. Hort Research (24 October 2006). "'Superfruits' the future of health". Press release.
2. Starling, Shane (1 April 2007). "Superfruits—superheroes of functionality." Functional Ingredients (Penton Media.)
3. Leontowicz, Hanna, Maria Leontowicz, Jerzy Drzewiecki, et al. “Bioactive properties of Snake fruit (Salacca edulis Reinw) and Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) and their influence on plasma lipid profile and antioxidant activity in rats fed cholesterol.” European Food Research & Technology, 223.5 4 Mar. 2006: 697–703