Why Eat It

Why Eat It

The familiar houseplant called split-leaf philodendron is the source of this unusual fruit. It grows like an elongated pinecone; when ripe, the hexagonal plates on its surface split apart, exposing a creamy, tart-sweet fruit that looks something like a banana, with a pineapple-banana flavor. Monstera, called ceriman in Spanish-speaking countries, grows in Florida and California, and is sometimes sold in gourmet produce markets in Northern cities. If you buy it, let it ripen at room temperature; do not eat it until it is fully ripe (when the surface scales fall off), or it will irritate the mouth and throat.


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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