The scientific name of Monstera Deliciosa literally means delicious monster because of its large leaves and delicious fruit.
This plant is from the Monstera genus and is known for its unique leaves that have strange networks of holes in them.
The interesting appearance of this plant makes it one of the most popular Monsteras used as an ornamental plant. However, not all the species related to this plant can grow fruits.
Can You Eat a Monstera Deliciosa Fruit?
The fruits on Monstera Deliciosa are edible for humans to consume, and once they have ripened, they are also delicious. Underripe Monstera Deliciosa fruit is extremely irritant to the mouth and stomach, and this is due to the high oxalic acid present in the fruit. The fruit can take up to a year to ripen, but it grows on the plant within eleven months. When the base of your Monstera Deliciosa fruit turns light green, then it is ready to be plucked from the plant.
How to Eat Monstera Deliciosa Safely?
The fruit on Monstera Deliciosa is often called tropical salad fruit because of its blend of flavors that are similar to pineapple, mango, and banana. However, if the fruit is consumed unripe, it can burn your mouth and throat because it also contains oxalic acid.
The fruit contains small black specks that often contain concentrated acid, and it is advised that you remove them if you are unsure about the ripeness of your fruit.
You will notice your plant will start to grow fruits once it forms a spathe and spadix. The spathe is a large flower that looks like a leaf, and it always surrounds the spadix, which eventually turns into the fruit.
The spadix eventually develops greenish scales around the fruit once it starts to mature. As the lower parts of the scales start to turn yellow, the fruit will start to ripen, but it is still not ready for plucking.
You will have to wait until the scales on the bottom of your fruit start to peel back and expose the corn-like fruit underneath it. Once the scales start to peel back, you can cut the fruit from the stem and place it into a paper bag.
Placing it in a paper bag will allow your fruit to ripen further. As the scales start to come off from each section, you can start eating the exposed area.
Remember to pick off any of the black flecks and discard them. These black flecks also contain oxalic acid that can irritate your throat and mouth.
Do not exert pressure on the rest of the scales, and do not try to peel them back. The starch present in the fruit needs to be converted into sugars, and only then will your fruit start to ripen slowly.
The fruit can be eaten once it is ripe in several ways, such as making an exotic jam from it. People who are sensitive to acidic fruits should avoid consuming the Monstera Deliciosa fruit.
Monstera Deliciosa fruit is said to taste differently after each passing day. Once it is picked, the fruit tastes similar to guava, and on the second day, it can taste like mangosteen.
On day three, it is said to taste like lychees, day four, it tastes like passion fruit, and by day five, it tastes like sweetsop fruit.
On day six, it tastes similar to grapefruit. By the ninth day, the fruit is said to have the perfect sweet taste, and it also smells great.
Benefits of Monstera Deliciosa Fruit
Your Monstera Deliciosa fruit has several benefits if you let it ripen up; otherwise, it can be toxic. Many people describe the taste as being a combination of banana and pineapple.
The taste of the fruit will change depending on how long you let your fruit ripen up. The more you let it ripen, the better it tastes, and you get more benefits from it as well.
- The Monstera Deliciosa fruit contains a large amount of Vitamin C.
- Consuming a hundred grams of this fruit will give you more than twenty-two grams of protein, lots of good carbs, Vitamin B, almost 0 fats, calcium, and phosphorus.
- Many athletes make smoothies out of Monstera Deliciosa fruit since it provides them with instant energy and stamina.
- People recovering from radiotherapy can also benefit greatly from Monstera Deliciosa fruit.
The Appearance of Monstera Deliciosa Fruit
The Monstera Deliciosa fruit is shaped like a cone and looks like a green corn cob. The fruit can grow eight inches long and two inches wide (twenty centimeters long and 5 centimeters wide) before it ripens.
The Monstera Deliciosa fruit is made of a number of cohering berries, and once it has matured, it has yellow-green hexagonal plates that have violet-spotted rinds on them. The hexagonal plates cover a creamy-white and soft pulp.
Frequently Asked Questions about Monstera Deliciosa Fruit
How long does it take for Monstera Deliciosa to grow fruits?
Your Monstera Deliciosa can take up to ten months to grow fruits, and it can take two more months for the fruits to ripen.
Is the fruit of Monstera Deliciosa poisonous?
The fruit of Monstera Deliciosa is safe for humans to consume. However, the fruits of Monstera Deliciosa are not safe for animals because of their high levels of oxalic acid.
Will my Monstera Deliciosa ever grow fruits?
Monstera Deliciosa hardly ever produces fruits when kept indoors. The plant is only capable of growing fruits when kept outdoors and provided with optimum growing conditions.
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