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    Bali Cocoa and Chocolate

    by machomikemd Written Jan 25, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Being a major agricultural area, central bali host mani Agrowisata Farms (organic agricultural farms run by cooperatives) and besides coffee which is a major export of Bali and Indonesia, they also grow cacao beans, mainly the trinitario and forestero variety and make them into assorted chocolate with different flavors and also chocolate drinks. you can have a free taste of the various chocolates and chocolate drinks they produce in the many Agrowisata Areas as your tour guide will definitely go to at least one so you could try their various products besides the coffee and chocolates and buy at their cooperative stores in the complex.

    Fondest memory: lots of chocolate choices in Bali

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    Snake Skin Fruit

    by machomikemd Updated Jan 25, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Part of a whole day or full day tour of Central Bali is going to various Agrowisata Areas (organic agricultural areas with shops) and there are tons of them in Central Bali and whichever Agrowisata you go, they will offer you to taste Snake Skin Fruit, called Salak, which is called as the covering of the sour fruit is like scaly snake skin. so ahead and grab a bite to this very exotic fruit, available in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

    according to wikipedia:

    Salak (Salacca zalacca) is a species of palm tree (family Arecaceae) native to Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia. It is a very short-stemmed palm, with leaves up to 6 metres (20 ft) long; each leaf has a 2-metre long petiole with spines up to 15 centimetres (5.9 in) long, and numerous leaflets.


    Salak exported from Indonesia

    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, but its apple-like texture can vary from very dry and crumbly (salak pondoh from Yogyakarta) to moist and crunchy (salak Bali).

    Fondest memory: the sour fruit called salak which is like a snake skin outside.

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