Have you ever eaten one of these?
Growing up we had this plant in the jungle that was our backyard. I never noticed any fruit on it though. But when I was dating Rick, he saw a monstera (monsterio) and asked if I had ever tried the fruit. Ahh nuh! Que?
We have a large one growing in our backyard here.
Rick came home from work today early and upon seeing this his eyes lit up! "Ooo yeah, it is ready!" followed by muffled "yums" as he scoffed it down with precision as to avoid getting 'spiked'. Good grief, why eat something that can sting you? He was going a little crazy over it so I wondered if it had some kind of drug in it. That is not why I tasted it though! Rick was kind of insistent. But I am glad I did. Wow!
I decided to do a little research on it. And it is apparently poisonous. I wonder if Rick knows. I can't ask him as he is currently having a siesta (he's half spanish and therefore claims that the urge to siesta is in his DNA!) . . . I better check to see if he is breathing . . . he's ok.
Anyway this is what I found out. It originates in the rainforests of southern Mexico to southern Columbia which is why it grows so well in tropic conditions. The unripe fruit contains potassium oxalate which can cause throat irritation and rash. You can't eat it until the green hexagonal scales start coming away and the pungent tropical fruit aroma is strong. And the flesh is kinda like a drier and smaller version of pineapple.
It takes like pineapple and banana and mango and pear which is probably why it is also known as the fruit salad plant. Some even know it as the Swiss Cheese plant for goodness knows why, there is nothing cheesey about it.
Apparently, to ripen it, you can cut it off the vine and then wrap it in paper. This one was primarily vine ripened and we just plonked it in a large jar to as it seems to be ripening from the bottom up.
I'm glad I tried it. I have a massive fruit phobia so this was a biggy for me.
Have you ever eaten monstera deliciosa?
What is the strangest fruit you've tasted?