(and sometimes the beast!)



MONSTERS CAN BE DELICIOUS - well, some think so

This white fruit is actually green. Confused? It's an very unripe monstera deliciosa also called the fruit salad plant. It will be ripe when it's dark green, sometimes they have purplish patches, and the hexagonal segments start falling off (this baby has a long way to go). Beware the eager eater who tries to rush it by forcing the skin off. You'll get a tongue full of "prickles" which I've read are actually tiny crystals of calcium oxalate (raphides) and are harmless, but painful. Be patient and allow them to drop off before eating. No picture of a ripe one yet, the possums, bats or birds seem to get them before I do. Not my favourite fruit, sorry Mum (she loves 'em).

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