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Monstera is a cylindrically shaped fruit with green hexagon-shaped tiles covering its exterior. This fruit has an inedible core, layered with edible juicy flesh, then covered with inedible outer tiles. Monstera fruit will turn yellow when ripe and its tiles will split away and fall readily. The edible, creamy white flesh underneath is shaped like corn kernels, may have grey or black streaks, and have a texture similar to pineapple. Its sweet-tart flavor and aroma are innately tropical, reminiscent of pineapple, guava, and mango. The Monstera fruit develops from its flowers' stem, or spadix, revealing itself after its white bract falls away.
Monstera is available in the fall and winter.
Monstera (pronounced mon-STAIR-uh) is also known as Ceriman, Swiss Cheese fruit, and Mexican breadfruit. Monstera is a member of the Arum family and of the species Monstera deliciosa. This tropical fruit must be fully ripe before eating, as sharp calcium oxalate crystals of unripened fruit can irritate the membranes of the mouth, tongue, and throat. Monstera will turn a yellow hue and fall apart with little resistance when fully ripe and ready to eat.
Low in calories, Monstera is high in potassium and vitamin C.
Ripe kernels of fruit generally fall off on their own when ready to eat. The flesh can be eaten on its own or added to blended drinks or cocktails. Mix with bananas, pineapples or mango for a tropical fruit salad. Sprinkle on top of ice cream, tarts, and creamy or custard-based desserts. Replace pureed Monstera anywhere you would use pureed banana, such as banana bread or cakes. Keep at room temperature, or to ripen more quickly, wrap the entire fruit in a paper bag.
The Monstera plant's unusual yet attractive appearance has made it a favorite in ornamental gardens. The plant often plays center stage in home gardens, conservatories, and greenhouses.
Monstera is a native of tropical American forests. Familiar to some as the split-leaf philodendron, Monstera now flourishes in California and Florida.
Recipes that include Monstera. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Tinkering with Dinner||Tropical Fruit Salad Ice Cream|
|Endless Simmer||Delicious Monstera Salad|