Fruit Salad conjures up a very pretty picture..no so the fruit with those scales Monstera seems to fit it much better …it is also more commonly known as breadfruit.
Native to the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico as the years have gone by it now grows pretty much everywhere…if you pass by a Large leafed Swiss cheese plant and notice some fruits then these are the ones… Monstera fruit…I have seen them once on a market stall and passed them by…next time I will be stopping…
Once you pick the breadfruit, wrap it in a newspaper or put it in a paper bag on the counter for 2-4 days. You can also place it upright in a glass jar covered with a paper bag. Ripe breadfruit will smell very fruity and the scales will start to separate and peel off on their own. If the scales are falling off on their own or are very easy to remove, the fruit in that area is ripe!
Once the fruit is ripe and prepped by scraping off the little black specks they are edible but some people find they can have an allergic reaction to them…, you can eat the fruit raw or use it like you would any other tropical fruit. Try it on a salad, in a smoothie, in a fruit salad, or even to top a cheesecake.
Mexican breadfruit also makes delicious jam.
To make jam with monstera fruit, follow a basic pectin-free fruit jam recipe (Mexican breadfruit contains enough natural pectin that you won’t need to add any). Skim off the black seeds and bits that rise to the top.
Keep in mind that the ripe fruit does still contain some oxalic acid, so don’t go too crazy or you may end up with a sore mouth (anyone who has ever overeaten pineapple knows this feeling well). This fruit can also have a laxative effect if you eat too much at once.
To enjoy this fruit requires a bit of work, it takes a while to ripen and you must only eat the fruit where the scales have fallen away from the fruit where the scales remain the fruit is still unripe…but you’ll be well-rewarded with a delicious, exotic fruit you may not have thought to try …
Do you have one of these plants and have you tried the fruit…?
Thank you for reading I will be back tomorrow with SATURDAY SNIPPETS…x
Update on Lauren…She attended the hospital yesterday for the results of the MRI…her cancer has not spread and is classed as in the early stages of grade 1…She is booked in for the 17th of July to have the lump removed and some lymph nodes although they don’t think it has gone into the lymph nodes. They will then do radiotherapy which they hope will be enough so chemo may not be required. She will also have hormone therapy to suppress her estrogen levels…She still has some hurdles to overcome but she is very positive …
Far better than we had been visualising which is a relief …a big relief. I have been very grateful for all the messages and prayers…Thank you so much xx