Monstera fruit is also called the swiss cheese and is native to Panama and Mexico but is also grown in the tropical regions. The fruit is approximately 25cm in length and up to 3 cm in diameter. The fruit and the leaves both are consumable. The plant leaves are used to treat snake bites or other illnesses.
Monstera fruit tree needs temperate environment for growth. The fruit takes a year to grow after flowering. It is usually harvested in spring and summer but also be harvested in winter if proper temperature and soil are being maintained. The fruit tastes like a combination of pineapple, banana, and coconut.
How To Store Monstera
Both the fruit and the plant are consumed for different purposes so one has to find proper storage for the plant and the fruit as it grows only once a year after flowering. There are different methods you can follow to store the Monstera fruit and plant.
Keep at Room Temperature
You can keep the plant indoors, provided with the balance between sun and shade. Keep the plant in such a place where there is air ventilation. You should water the plant moderately once or twice a week or the leaves will start to turn yellow. Meanwhile, the monstera fruit is stored both as ripped and unripen.
For an unripen monstera fruit, you can wrap it into a paper bag and place it in a dark cool corner of the room. It will take up to 2 – 4 days to ripe depending on the age of the fruit. For the ripened fruit you can simply place it at room temperature. It is a big fruit so try to consume it as soon as possible.
You can store the fruit in the refrigerator. This is a big fruit you can simply place it in the vegetable compartment but if you are running short on storage space in the refrigerator simply store the flesh of the fruit only. In this way, you will save a lot of space in your refrigerator. You can place the fruit flesh in an open bowl.
You can also place your fruit in the root cellar. You can simply place your ripened fruit in a net bag and hang with the ceiling or place it on the floor. If the fruit is unripened then you can wrap it in a paper bag and place it in the root cellar. After it is ripened place it in a net bag.
Can You Freeze Monstera
Yes, you can freeze the monstera fruit. Monstera fruit is harvested once a year until the next season. It is normally practiced to freeze the monstera fruit to use it for a longer period in time. You can freeze the monstera fruit by placing the whole fruit which is normally practiced on a commercial scale.
You can also freeze the flesh of the fruit by placing it on a tray first. When frozen you can transfer the fruit in an airtight container or a plastic bag. Freezing the fruit gives it a crunchy texture which is enjoyed raw as sweet ice candy.
How Long Does Monstera Last
Different storage will have different effects on the life of the monstera fruit. Monstera fruit can last longer for up to 2 weeks at room temperature however if the fruit is sliced and the inner flesh of the fruit is exposed to the environment then it won’t last for more than a week.
You can place the fruit in the refrigerator which wail extend its life for about 3 weeks, sliced. Keeping the sliced fruit in the container may cause the fruit to catch mold in a week. Keep it open and away from meat. The meat will cause contamination of the fruit which will go rogue in less than a week.
One can easily freeze the fruit and enjoy it for a long time. On average monstera fruit can last for a year when frozen and is not required to thaw before usage. One can easily eat it as a sweet frozen candy.
How To Tell If Monstera Is Bad
As both the plant and the fruit are consumed for different purposes you should look for expiry signs for both. The signs of expiration are significant.
- Appearance: For the plant, the expiration signs can be identified using the visual traits visible on the leaves of the plant as they will start to turn yellow. The fruit peel is green in color the peel itself will start to turn yellow. On cutting the inner flesh of the fruit will start to turn black.
- Smell: A rotten monstera fruit will not have a good smell. You can easily tell from the smell of the fruit has gone bad. However, the plant leaves will not have any smell when they start to die. You can only see evident visual signs which let you know that the plant is dying.