The Sala fruit is oval with a thin, brittle brownish red skin covered with short sharp thorn like hairs. The thick flesh is yellowish brown in colour surrounding a dark brown pit. Salacca has a distinctive aroma, slightly sweet and musky and the taste is sweet with sour undertones and is usually eaten fresh. The skin can be peeled by hand, taking care not to be scratched by the hairs. The fruit inside is usually in 2 or sometimes 3 sections.