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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.



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.


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.


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

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.


If you’d like to find out more about growing this plant at home, don’t miss my posts:

Monstera deliciosa care and repotting

Monstera problems and solutions

Monstera flower

Have you ever tasted a Monstera deliciosa fruit? Comment below. I’d love to hear!

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Friday 21st of April 2023

wow ..i found the Monstera Deliciosa Fruit in my garden so happy ..i always wanted that plant..


Friday 21st of April 2023


Gillie Davies

Thursday 23rd of February 2023

I lived in Darling Point , Sydney nearly 50 years ago and the Council had planted Monstera Deliciosa along near the bus stop. I noticed the fruit and when they were ripening you could pull each little piece out by pulling on the hexagonal top. The taste was known locally as fruit salad . Quite delicious. Can't imagine it ever ripening in the UK where I live now.


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

That sounds lovely! The taste is absolutely delicious!


Tuesday 21st of February 2023

Why don't they produce fruit when grown indoors? Also, another comment asking how to tell if they have an edible variety, i think, deserves a follow up question and answer(hopefully). Are there varieties that produce non edible fruits and, if so, how can you tell them apart? Thanks in advance!


Tuesday 21st of February 2023

Hi Sarah, the conditions indoors are just not sufficient. They can fruit occasionally indoors, but it's not that common. I'm strictly talking about Monstera deliciosa in this post.


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.


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.


Friday 11th of November 2022

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