Innovation: Salak wine grower Nyoman Warta with recently bottled salak wine and a new product, a wine made from purple sweet potato, Ubi Ungu.There are several varieties of salak grown in various parts of Indonesia.
One of the most famous is Bali’s “Sugar Salak”, known for its juicy sweetness. This is the Holy Grail of salak, fetching top dollar at the market and best served fresh from the palm.
But many salak varieties are better for a bit of human resourcefulness, such as salak chips and sweets, or even as wine.
Fifty-seven-year-old Nyoman Warta says he has “been growing salak all my life. This farm has been handed down from our ancestors for generations. We started making wine from salak a few years ago and it is selling very well,” says Warta, seated on his home veranda overlooking salak fields that roll away down the hill in a mist of green.