Monstera Deliciosa (Fruit Salad) Plant
FRUIT-MONS-1-5Regular price $35.00
With its large, glossy green leaves, Monstera Deliciosa is the perfect exotic plant for shady spaces. Aptly dubbed the 'Fruit Salad Plant', this tropical also produces exquisite fruit that are nowhere to be found in the shops. You'll have to grow one to experience this taste sensation!
What is Monstera Deliciosa (Fruit Salad Plant, Swiss Cheese Plant)?
Originally from the rainforests of Mexico and Central America, Monstera looks stunning in a tropical garden and has also become popular as a houseplant. This tropical evergreen has large glossy heart-shaped leaves with 'swiss cheese-like perforations in them. It is sometimes called the 'Fruit Salad' plant because the fruit have a delicious fruity aroma, and they taste like a combination of tropical fruit. Mature plants in warmer areas produce cream flowers that ripen over 12 months to produce sweet-smelling cones of edible fruit. (Plants grown indoors rarely fruit.)
Growing this plant outside is not for the faint hearted. Fruit Salad Plant is an epiphyte grows up trees, attaching itself with aerial roots as it seeks the sunlight above. In the wild it can reach dizzying heights of between 3 and 10 metres tall. This is one plant that isn't suitable for a small garden, but can be grown in a medium-sized space or as an indoor pot plant if pruned judiciously to control the size.
Culinary Uses for Monstera Deliciosa (Fruit Salad Plant, Swiss Cheese Plant)
If you are lucky enough to experience the fruit from a Fruit Salad Plant, you will experience a flavour bomb that tastes a little bit like a tropical fruit salad. Some people say that it tastes like a mix of banana, pineapple and strawberry, while others say it has hints of mango, guava and passionfruit too. Remove the skin before eating. Scoop the delicious centre onto a spoon and eat it raw, or serve it over ice cream, yoghurt or cereal. This fruit would also be delicious in a smoothie.
Make sure the fruit is ripe before eating, as unripe Monstera Deliciosa fruit can cause burning, itching and swelling in your throat. You know the fruit is ripe when it turns yellow like a banana, and the scale starts to loosen off.
Growing Conditions - Monstera Deliciosa (Fruit Salad Plant, Swiss Cheese Plant)
Monstera Deliciosa prefers part shady - shady conditions outdoors, or indirect sun indoors. They thrive in warm, humid conditions and moist, rich soil. Fruit Salad Plants do best under the dappled shade of trees that they can climb up. To maintain healthy plants, feed Monstera Deliciosa plants regularly between spring and late summer. Water every now and then during summer, keeping the soil moist. (Avoid over-watering, as this can cause the leaves to yellow.) Fruit Salad plants aren't frost hardy and do best when sheltered from wind. Note that they are toxic to dogs and cats.