Salak (Salacca zalacca) is a species of palm tree (family Arecaceae) native to Java and Sumatra in the Republic of Indonesia. The fruit is cultivated in other parts of Indonesia as a food crop, and is naturalized in Bali, Sulawesi, Maluku, Timor, and Lombok.
Salak (Salacca glabrecens) is drawn and printed on a Malaysian postage stamp, which was issued on 27 February 1999 on a series of rare fruit stamps.
Salak has been exported from Indonesia and
This is a very short-stemmed palm, with leaves up to 6 meters long. Each leaf has a petiole 2 meters long with spines up to 15 cm long. The fruit grows in clusters at the base of the tree, and it is known as salak fruit because of its reddish-brown scaly skin. They are the same size and shape when ripe, with different ends. The flesh of the fruit can be consumed. The fruit can be peeled by pinching the tip, causing the skin to peel off so it can be pulled out. The fruit inside consists of three lobes with two larger lobes, or even all three, containing large inedible seeds. The lobes resemble, and have the density of a large peeled garlic clove. The taste is sweet and sour, with a strong astringent edge, but its almost apple-like texture can vary from very dry and crumbly. Such as (salak pondoh from Yogyakarta) to moist and crunchy (salak Bali).