Snake fruit is similar in size and shape to a fig, with a bulbous body that tapers to a point at one end. The fruit is encased in shiny, dark to light reddish-brown scales, which are sometimes covered in tiny spikes. Though it is scaly and prickly, and may look tough, the skin is actually quite thin and can be easily peeled off by breaking the tip. Underneath the snake-like 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 pulp has a garlic or apple-like crunch, though some varieties can be drier and have a flaky texture, while others are more spongy and succulent. The complex tropical flavor of Snake fruit 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. Snake fruits grow on short-trunked palm trees, sprouting off the base of the palm in little clusters. The plants have large spiked stems and leaves, which can grow up to six meters long.