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The best thing about Bali is the abundance of fresh local ingredients that never stop to amuse aspiring chefs and talented professional chefs around the globe. When we talk about fresh ingredients, it never goes far from exotic vegetables and fruits that can be found in the area. Here is the list of 5 exotic Fruits, nope dragon fruit is not that exotic anymore, that you should buy and try while on the island.
|Fruit Market in Ubud, source: Pinterest|
Boni (Buah Buni)
These little fellas come in clustering bunch. The color varies from deep ruby to similar to red radishes. Boni tastes sour and some parts are bitter. If spicy and sour is your thing, asks a local friend to make a rujak sauce made from sugar, fresh chillies, tamarind and shrimp paste. It will definitely rock your palette.
This green fruit has a thin leathery skin. It is rock hard and meant to be eaten in thin sliced with, again, rujak sauce. If rujak does not appeal to you, you can peel and make a juice out of the fruit, watch out for the super spiky pit. Kedondong is high in Vitamin A and C, great for your skin and digestion system.
Snake Skin Fruit (Salak Bali)
It is called snake skin fruit for a reason none other than the outer shell of the fruit looks similar to snake skin. It is scaly and rough to the touch, but once you open it, it will reveal a smooth fruit that taste sweet and addictive. There are few variety of Salak, few are not as sweet as one would like. Salk Bali when in season are exceptionally sweet and very affordable.
Pomelo (Jeruk Bali)
Pomelo is relatively famous compared to the other fruit mentioned above. We have to mention it since the local name is Jeruk Bali. The rind is thick and spongy with plenty of breakable pulp inside. When picked ripe, each and every pulp burst with sweet juice and best eaten cold.
This fruit is similar to Soursoup, individual soft custard like interior with black pits. The bumps are easy to break apart once ripe. The sweet taste will please your senses if you have a sweet tooth. It is the perfect dessert after lunch.