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  Re: Monstera Fruit
From: StellrJ at aol.com on 1999.07.13 at 16:41:49(3499)
Okay, the fruit began to show loosening scales yesterday evening (Sunday,
July 11), along with an exquisite fragrance reminiscent of carambola. After
I went to bed that night, I could hear scales dropping off in small groups.
This morning (July 12), the fruit was about one-third peeled, revealing a
mealy-looking white surface beneath the scales. Since I live within easy
walking distance of my workplace, I checked it again at noon today, finding
it about half peeled. When I returned home in the afternoon, the fruit had
shed about two-thirds of its scales, and its fragrance filled my entire
bedroom. I write this about 10:30 at night, after having just eaten the
now-completely ripened fruit for dessert. Once all the scales were gone,
there was what looked a bit like a white ear of corn, but very easily
bruised by the touch. It was eaten like corn on the cob--I bit off the outer
layer, apparently an aggregate of fruitlets, revealing a hard, woody "cob" in
the center. Mixed in with the yellowish-white flesh were some strange,
blackish flakes, which I ignored. The fruit was exquisitely sweet, with an
exotic flavor I cannot describe in words. Truly, my years of longing have
not been disappointed!!

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