Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Beauty in my Garden

What a wonderful sight in my garden at the moment... I was thinking a few months back of taking it out or at least chopping it back as it's quite an encroaching plant and it was getting in the way of  my pathway to my indigenous garden.
 
Delicious Monster


This is a Delicious Monster (Monstera Deliciosa) or Swiss Cheese Plant, native to tropical rain forests of Mexico. This particular specimen of mine has never flowered, and this year it has been so prolific and graced me with the most amazing cone shaped flowers or fruit as some would say. Apparently the fruit of the Delicious Monster is edible, but I wouldn't want to try it, as one man reported Here. But I have read that the fruit tastes like a cross between a pineapple and a banana. The fruit may be ripened by cutting the fruit when the first scales begin to lift up and the fruit begins to exude a pungent odour, then wrapping it in a paper bag and setting aside until the kernels begin popping off. The kernels are then brushed off; they fall away to reveal the edible flesh underneath. The flesh, which is approximately like that of pineapple in texture, is then cut away from the core and eaten. It has a fruity taste similar to jackfruit and pineapple. Eating fruit which has not matured and still has the kernels firmly attached, exposes the throat to the oxalic acid and is dangerous...

 
Close-up of the Delicious Monster


I'm still not fond of this plant but look at it now with renewed eyes, it's no longer a hindrance and a 'common' space filler in my garden but something of unique beauty albeit only for a few months of the year. I will however keep it in shape and hopefully it flowers again next year!


  A little friend also had to see what this 
   wonder was that sprung up in his garden.




2 comments:

Maree said...

You are so lucky that yours is flowering Debbie! I had a HUGE one for many years, but it never flowered - possibly too much in the shade. Just as well you didn't cut it up or throw it out!

Debbie said...

This specimen is a baby of the original one I have in my garden and the original one hasn't born fruit like this one has. I'm not fond of it as it has the sucker shoots that sprout out down to the ground and just looks so gangly when it gets out of shape