Salak is about the size and shape of a ripe fig, with a distinct tip.
Though it is scaly and may look tough, the skin is thin and can be easily peeled off by breaking the tip. Underneath the skin lies three white or light yellow lobes of juicy pulp that look similar to large peeled cloves of garlic, with hard, flat, dark brown, inedible seeds inside.
The complex tropical flavour is often described as a blend of apple, pineapple, and banana. It has the sweetness of honey with an acidic finish, leaving a citrusy tingle on the tongue, and leaning more sweet or sour depending on the variety.