Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bearing Fruit

Star Apple, Caimito. Found in Central America and the West Indies. Some species are found in Africa too. It's a custardy delight!

Monstera deliciosa! The fruit may be ripened by cutting it when the first scales begin to lift up and it begins to exude a pungent odor. It is wrapped in a paper bag and set aside until the scales begin popping off. The scales are then brushed off or fall away to reveal the edible flesh underneath. The flesh, which is similar to pineapple in texture, can be cut away from the core and eaten. It has a fruity taste similar to jackfruit and pineapple. The unripe green fruits can irritate the throat and the latex of the leaves and vines can create rashes in the skin, because both contain potassium oxalate: that's the reason why the fruits have to be consumed when the scales lift up. Cool huh?

Some hanging fruit ...

Fruit carry seeds to spread their influence.

How my "fruit" opens. There is a seed inside.

How my fruit will present itself when it falls.

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