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  Re: Monstera Fruit
From: Don Martinson <llmen at execpc.com> on 1999.07.13 at 16:38:29(3498)
>Today, I was in the food co-op on the east side of Olympia, Washington. It
>was the last place I ever expected to see Mostera deliciosa fruits, but there
>they were--the name translated to "Delicious Monster Fruit." Does anyone
>else have experience with this
>fruit, to tell me if there is anything else I need to do? At that price, I
>cannot afford to let it go to waste.
>Jason Hernandez

Hi Jason,

My experience with Monstera was from when I was in graduate school and one
of the large plants flowered in the Marquette University greenhouse.

The instructions were correct regarding waiting for the green "scales" (I'm
sure there's a horticultural term for these) to begin falling off to
indicate the fruit is ripe. The pulp underneath will be quite soft - very
much like a ripe bananna in texture ( and taste, too).
I can't give you much help on how long it will take the fruit to ripen,
since I don't know how "green" these were when picked. I'm wondering if
placing it in a bag with a ripe apple (which produces ethylene gas) might
hasten the ripening process. By my recollection, the ripening on the plant
took some time.

Good Luck and bon app?tit!

Don Martinson

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