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This summer I have been collecting my ripe monstera fruit and freezing it so I can make jam when I have enough pulp. The other day I was checking out the fruit on my plant, some of which is right down on the ground. I lifted one up to put a paver under it, and it snapped off in my hand. I was disappointed because it wasn’t showing any signs of ripeness yet, but had heard about them ripening in a paper bag. Into the bag it went and I tucked it away behind the fruit bowl. Tonight I had a look and to my surprise, it was ripening beautifully! About a third of the scales had fallen off, so I’ve removed the ripe bits and put the rest back in the bag. I’m thinking I will do this with my other fruits rather than waiting for them to ripen on the vine, as I don’t check it often enough and have missed out on harvesting some.
Anyone else eating their monstera fruit? I haven’t been brave enough to eat it fresh, but we love the smell of it — a mix of rockmelon, pineapple and banana are what come to mind — very aptly nic-named the fruit salad plant!
I just picked 2, one was ripening the other was close to it. The black bits around the fruit can irritate your lips and must irritate your bowel too as I get diarrhea. The solution is to wash the fruit and the black bits will float to the top and wash away. I never heard of making jam with them, interesting!
I tried one of ours as a kid and didnt wait until it was ripe because I had no idea and it was horrible ,I havent found a ripe one since.
If its good I will need to plant one again.
Yes I love it and normaly eat it fresh but do add it to fruit salads some times.
Thanks for your tip, Diny! I read somewhere that someone suggested they should have plenty of these plants at the old folks homes as they do have that effect of cleaning your insides out — “nature’s laxative” is another name I’ve heard for it!
For jam making: just freeze the ripe sections and let them build up until you get enough to make some jam, add 2/3 cup of sugar per cup of pulp and the juice and zest of 1 lemon per kg of pulp, then make the jam. (this is from a comment on the daleysfruit website)
Someone else commented that you can substitute the monstera pulp for banana in a banana loaf recipe and it is yum — might have to try that out myself.
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