Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monstera Deliciosa

Though originally native to the tropical rainforests of Mexico, the Monstera deliciosa (also known by such names as Ceriman, Cheese Plant, Monstereo, Mexican Breadfruit, Balazo, and The Penglai Banana) has somehow spread its way to Hawaii, where it's become something of an invasive species. And now it's increasingly popular in the only other U.S. state where it can grow: Florida.

According to Wikipedia:

The fruit may be ripened by cutting it when the first scales begin to lift up and it begins to exude a pungent odor. It is wrapped in a paper bag and set aside until the scales begin popping off. The scales are then brushed off or fall away to reveal the edible flesh underneath. The flesh, which is similar to pineapple in texture, can be cut away from the core and eaten. It has a fruity taste similar to jackfruit and pineapple.

I have yet to sample this alien-lookin' snack, but I'll file a report when that day comes. Fascinated as I am with exotic Floridian fruit (such as the Mamey and the rare Sugarloaf pineapple), hopefully I won't have long to wait until the opportunity knocks.

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