I have a couple of large Monstera plants in my back yard. Besides producing gorgeous, huge foliage in dark places in my garden, they also bear some of the tastiest fruit I’ve ever eaten. I suspect that’s why it’s sometimes called the fruit salad plant. The fruit is very sweet and has a definite tropical flavour. It’s been described as a cross between a banana and a pineapple which I think is pretty apt.
To eat it, you harvest the fruit when the end seed coverings (I’m not sure what that cap is called) start to come loose. It takes about a year for the fruit to ripen on the plant so you can’t be impatient.
It ripens from the base. When the caps come loose, you flick them off then eat the soft seed underneath. When you have reached the end of the easy-to-harvest seeds, you put the fruit in a sack and leave it to ripen further. The fruit ripens over several days and you have to eat it progressively. If you try to wait until the whole fruit is ripe, the bottom pieces will be rotten as the top is ripening.
It’s kind of inconvenient to eat, it’s very messy, it leaves a bit of a fuzzy/tingly feel in your mouth and on your lips, and the unripe fruit contains high amounts of oxalic acid. All this makes it seem less than desirable, and no doubt explains why you can’t buy the fruit at your local grocery store – but trust me, it’s worth the hassle.