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Monstera Deliciosa Fruit: 5 Things to Know About Eating It

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Did you know that Monstera deliciosa fruit is actually an edible, delicious fruit? I’ve had the pleasure of eating it, and it is absolutely delicious!

The botanical name Monstera deliciosa is very descriptive. The genus Monstera comes from the Latin word for monstrous or abnormal and refers to the unusual leaves with fenestrations (holes and slits).

The species name, deliciosa, is in reference to the tasty, edible fruit that the plant produces.

Some common names for Monstera deliciosa are swiss cheese plant, mexican breadfruit plant, and even fruit salad plant plant because of the delicious flavor of its fruit.

But did you know that there may be some unpleasant consequences if you eat the unripe fruit? How do you know if it is ripe and safe to eat? Keep reading to find out the answers to these important questions and more.

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5 MONSTERA DELICIOSA FRUIT FACTS

1. Is Monstera deliciosa toxic to humans?

This tropical fruit is considered a delicacy, but if it is consumed when the fruit is not ripe, the fruit contains calcium oxalate crystals which can irritate your mouth and throat and create a burning sensation.

It is only safe to eat when the fruit is ripe because the calcium oxalate dissipates. Avoid eating unripe green fruits at all costs!

How do you know when the fruit is ripe?

2. When Can You Eat Monstera Fruit?

The fruits will grow about 12 inches long, and it resembles a green ear of corn. In a ripe, mature fruit, the green scales will start to lift and break open to reveal a creamy flesh that you can eat.

Here is a fruit that is not ripe yet and is still on the plant.

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Ripening will start at the base of the fruit and then it gradually will ripen towards the tip.

Here is the same fruit shown above, still on the plant, with some of the scales that opened up on their own to expose the edible fruit underneath.

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After the green, hexagonal scales start to fall off, you will start to notice a delicious fragrance. Here is a ripened fruit.

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The edible part of the fruit of Monstera deliciosa is the creamy, white flesh found right under the greenish scales.

In the photo above, the green scales have started to open up on their own, revealing the edible, creamy flesh underneath.

You can also start to gently peel away the green scales. If they don’t come off easily, the fruit underneath is not ripe.

To encourage ripening, one technique is to place the fruit in a brown paper bag, close it, and set it aside somewhere (room temperature) until the scales open up.

3. What Does Monstera Deliciosa Fruit Taste Like?

I had the pleasure of tasting the fruit for the first time, and true to the species name, deliciosa, the fruit was, well…absolutely delicious.

People will describe the flavor in many different ways, but a traditional explanation is that the fruit tastes like a combination of banana and pineapple.

And I agree with this assessment. It has the sweetness of a banana with some light acidic notes similar to a pineapple.

Some people also say that they taste hints of strawberry, or even a passion fruit taste.

The fruit is a good source of potassium and vitamin C (and did I mention it’s delicious?)

4. Does Monstera Fruit Indoors?

Although the Monstera deliciosa plant is an absolutely amazing and easy to grow plant indoors, the chances of it flowering and fruiting under average indoor home conditions are slim to none.

The native habitats of these Monstera plants are tropical areas spanning from southern Mexico to Central America. In those climates, and similar climates elsewhere, they will fruit easily when planted in the ground.

These plants thrive in warm climates with high humidity, and in areas where they have enough room to grow. They will use their plentiful, cord-like aerial roots to climb trees and seek out water.

As you saw in the previous photo, the fruit that I tasted was actually grown in Ohio, but the plant was in the ground in a hoop house (basically a greenhouse).

Plants grown indoors in a home in a pot will likely never flower or set fruit.

5. How long does it take to harvest a Monstera fruit?

Of course it depends on the growing conditions, but it takes approximately a year after flowering occurs.

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Sarchovie

Monday 21st of November 2022

Hi, Does anyone think I could grow one here in Washington state? I am really looking for the fruit, perhaps inside a house or a greenhouse? Otherwise, does anyone know where we can purchase the fruit? Thanks!! S.

Raffaele

Monday 21st of November 2022

You'd have the best luck growing it in a greenhouse if you want fruit. Inside of a home, it will be pretty uncommon for it to fruit.

Bernd Jendrissek

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Cape Town, South Africa here, and my plants' fruits are just getting to the ripening stage (with about 3 already consumed, either by me or ants if I didn't discover it soon enough). So true to their name, and the plants seem to really love being in my garden: usually somewhat warm, never frosting, with moderate humidity, and in my garden in particular, plenty of shade under neighbours' trees.

I can't tell if I'm imagining it, but I feel like there might be an intoxicant in the fruit? Almost like an alcohol, but I can detect none of the smell or "taste" of the usual ethanol-containing foodstuffs. Just a slight swirly sensation in the head when I eat this yummy fruit. Does anyone else experience this?

I'm 99.9% certain it's a Monstera deliciosa BTW, it matches all descriptions of the plant exactly.

Raffaele

Friday 11th of November 2022

I'm really not sure...unless maybe the fruit over-ripened and started to ferment possibly.

Karin

Sunday 16th of October 2022

Hi Raffaele, Glad i found your post. We live in Belgium and have a lovely big Monstera deliciosa growing inside the house. To our great surprise this plant had made tree fruits. We did not know it was possible. Really nice to see it growing... Two of the fruits are nearly 13 months old. Thanks to your explanation i know now that we have to wait for it to ripen until the scales start to peel away. Looking forward to finally tasting it :-)

Karin

Friday 9th of December 2022

@Raffaele, Thanks! Today the first fruit has fallen and it is open at the bottom as you explained. It has a delicious sweet smell. Not allowed to taste it for now, have to do a pet scan, empty stomach. But it wil be a big treat for when i come home. Hardly cant wait to taste it, something so special...

Raffaele

Monday 17th of October 2022

That's so amazing Karin! They will rarely bloom indoors, so I'm glad you have the chance to experience it!

Chris Mountney

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Hi Raffaelle our mostera is fruiting and as you said the fruit is delicious. I have a question, several of the fruit are yellow when the flower petals opens while the ones I have eaten are the normal green. Are these yellow ones eatable? The plant is located in a tub facing west in a sheltered semi inclosed landing, winter temp are well below 0c with frost, steam from the bathroom escape out the windows through its leaves. The plant is thriving in this location. We live in Tasmania, Australia. We are located on latitude 40 deg south, the only land mass to the east is the south island of New Zealand, the Southern Pacific Ocean then Argintina, to the west is the souther Indian Ocean then Argintina. To say these plants are hardy is an understatement, cheers from the bottom of the world. Chris, 10/10/22. 17.009hrs

Kevin

Saturday 29th of October 2022

@Chris Mountney, See my reply to Zara. The yellow ones are babies and not edible. Yep, they're hardy. I'm in the hills East of Perth, Australia, a hot dry climate with less than 600mm of annual rainfall. Winters aren't harsh though. If we have more than one frost we consider it a bad year.

Raffaele

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

Hi Chris! I'm actually not sure. Have the scales on the fruit started to peel and open up like in the photos in my post? That's usually the main indication that it's ripe.

Sue Jones

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Where can I get a monster fruit plant and will it grow in florida?

Raffaele

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Practically any nursery that sells plants carries Monstera deliciosa plants. And yes! I've seen many growing in the ground in Florida. Especially in the warmer parts of Florida.