30 September 2008

Monstera Deliciosa


Peer into the depths of a Monstera Deliciosa (see small photo) in the Casino Gardens, and what do you find?

I remember this plant when I lived in Cairns in Queensland, Australia. It climbed way up into the trees and produced edible fruit. I doubt the fruit is edible in Monte Carlo.

8 comments:

Tanya said...

We had these in San Diego. I had actually forgotten about them because you don't find them out here on the east coast!

TOG said...

They should produce an edible fruit. When they are ripe they have a fantastic smell. Everyone wants to eat it. The fruit is full of oxalic acid crystals that can hurt the esophagus for some people. People who are prone to kidney stones should never eat food that has large amounts oxalic acid. Spinach has a lot of oxalic acid, be aware.

Virginia said...

Almost looks like a calla lily bloog. What part do you eat, that spikey thing?? Looks like something that grew in our yard in south Florida.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh do tell whaaat kind of a fragrance does this plant give off. Pleaaaase don't keep us in suspense, hee. This is a gorgeous plant. Whaaat kind of edible fruit is it. Is it sweet, sour? how is it used? is it used for salads? Is it suitable for stand alone dishes???

Since it's rather small it seems it isn't going to produce much fruit---Or could it be there is more than "one" variety of this plant???

How do the Australians eat this would be a delight to know! Does anyone know?!!!

Halcyon said...

Beautiful!

USelaine said...

The leaves resemble split leaf philodendrons, but they never had fruit where I saw them. Glad to have the new species knowledge.

Ian Maxwell said...

we have a monstera deliciosa outside our back door here in suburban Sydney, Australia. the fragrance, which is particularly strong at dusk, is that of licorice, or strong aniseed. It is just beautiful

Jilly said...

Ian, Gosh you found an old photo. It's such a lovely plant, tho, and so good to get your comment. I don't remember the smell but am sure it was there - just don't remember.

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