Sunday, June 1, 2008

Salak Pondoh And Trumpon Resort

Common Name: Salak
Vernacular Name: Snake fruit, Snakeskin fruit
Scientific Name: Salacca zalacca
Specimens From: Indonesia
Specimens Weight: 90 gm (Average weight per fruit)

Salak, a native fruit from Indonesia but it seems to be very popular in Indonesia. ".Salak means "bark", as in bark of the tree. But why "bark"? Because the tough protective covering and the brown color of the bark looks similar to the skin of this fruit.

But it actually looks almost identical to the scales of a snake's skin and hence, the English name of snake fruit or snake skin fruit are commonly used instead. And it belongs to the same family as those palm dates.Salak is considered as rare once out of South-east Asia because it is not cultivated elsewhere.

The fruit itself is cute to look at, as to why the skin is so similar to the skin of a snake and it makes you wonder, are they related somehow :)The size of this fruit varies but it is about the size of a fig and with a pointed tip. It comes with brown scale-liked skin but take note that there is yet another exotic species with the red skin and it is slightly longish in shape.How to eat this fruit? No knife needed. Just break off the tip and peel the skin from the top down. The tough, thick-looking skin is deceiving as it peels off quite easily.

If you put this fruit in the refrigerator and when you peel it, the skin will break off into small pieces, similar to breaking the shell of a hard-boiled egg.The inside of this fruit, consists of three lobes, are "off-white to creamy" color. It reminds you of an over-sized peeled garlic! There is a single, dark brown seed in every lobe but the seeds are not edible.

The taste? Depending on the various salak cultivars, some are semi-sweet, dry and crunchy but some are slightly juicy, soft and acidic. Somewhat different and unusual taste from other common fruits, so it needs some acquired taste to like it. I neither like nor dislike it, I just don't mind eating it.The skin is misleading as this fruit bruise easily and you can't tell from its external look.

The moment you peel it, you may spot those darkened brownish blotches which smells badly and have to cut that part off. Those tough-looking skin won't be able to protect the inside of this fruit much.If you put salak in an enclosed room, you can smell the the sourish aroma of this fruit. If you like it, it smells good to you but it definitely does not smell good to me.

Hunting for Salak Pondoh in Sleman
Salak is one of Indonesia's traditional fruits. Covered with brownish-black scales, the flesh tends to be ivory in color. Salak pondoh is the sweetest variety. The flesh is firm and succulent. The taste is unique yet addictive. Visiting salak pondoh farm in Turi, Sleman regency, is truly a remarkable experience for you and your loved ones.

Getting There Where to StayHotels and inns in Jogjakarta.
Moving AroundExplore this exceptional site on foot. By car, you can visit Trumpon Resort in Sleman District, a cool area where you can see Merapi Mountain from a distance.
Dining Guide There are no restaurants in this farm, so you're welcome to bring your own food and drink. You can try eating at Traditional Food and with Joint to People Home, a few kilometers from Trumpon Resort. Here you can sample Fruit, Traditional Food and tasty freshwater fish.
In Trumpon Resort You can buy salak pondoh at a very cheap price in this site.
Other Things to See or DoIn this about 100 hectare farm, you can have a picnic while enjoying the scenery, take pictures, sample salak pondoh straight from the trees. You can also visit gardens containing flowers and orchid, garden consisting of plants with medicinal value in this area.

Travel Tips
Some star hotels in Jogjakarta offer their own rental cars.
Visit this farm when they're harvesting in November to December (big harvest) and from June to July (medium harvest). That way you'll be able to sample more salak on this farm (4-5, compared to 2-3 pieces on regular days). This way you'll be able to buy salak pondoh at a very low price. If you visit this farm on other months, however, the price might triple.
It is best to visit this farm early in the morning. That way the temperature is cooler and you can go straight to Trumpon Resort to see Merapi Mountain. If you come to Trumpon Resort later on the day, Merapi might not still be visible

Stay With Salak Pondoh Price's
Salam its produce Salak Pondoh and the product some many variety's ect :
1. Salak Pondok Super
Quality First Salak Pondoh Price IDR. 7.000,- per Kilograms
Quality Second Salak Pondoh Price IDR. 5.500,- per Kilograms
Quality Third Salak Pondok Price IDR. 4.000,- per Kilograms
Quality Fourth Salak Pondok Price IDR. 2.500,- per Kilograms
2. Salak Pondoh Manggala
Price IDR. 7.500,- Per Kilograms
3. Salak Pondoh Hitam (Black)
Price IDR. 5.000,- Per Kilograms
4. Salak Pondoh Organik
Price IDR. 9.000,- Per Kilograms
5. Salak Pondoh Madu
Price IDR. 15.000,- per Kilograms