Monstera Deliciosa is native to the rain forests of Central America. Most Australian homes would recognise the plant and leaf of the Monstera as it is quite common in gardens and the leaves used for interior decorating.
We think the ripe fruit tastes like a combination of banana, pineapple and mango and have asked many customers at markets for their opinion to the flavour. All seem to agree with the flavours. The Monstera’s has an unusual texture with the outer ‘scaly exterior skin’ needing to be flaking off before it is ready to eat or considered ripened. The whole fruit does not ripen at once and it can take a few days before the whole fruit can be eaten. Under the scaly exterior is a beehive like creamy soft flesh that is eaten. You do not eat the outer skin. We find once the fruit starts to ripen, eat up to where the ‘scales’ have fallen off and then put the fruit in a paper bag and wait for the next section to start ripening to be enjoyed over a few days.