This weird-looking fruit grows in my friends’ garden in Franceses. None of us knew what it was, although the previous owners told us that it was edible and delicious. Well, with a bit of help from email friends, now we have an identification! It’s a Monstera Deliciosa, from a split-leaf philodendron, also known as Mexican Breadfruit or Swiss Cheese Plant. And they aren’t kidding about the “deliciosa” bit either. It tastes like a cross between creamy pineapple and banana. The little black specks in the fruit are apparently completely normal. Shame. It put the other two off so I got most of it to myself. I probably won’t be so lucky next time.

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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  1. How fascinating. I’ve never seen one, but that does not mean there aren’t any here. Care to share cooking, peeling, or preparation tips?

  2. The fruit doesn’t all ripen at once, so you might have to eat a bit at a time. You know it’s ripe when those hexagonal scales fall off easily. I just ate it raw, but I did see a web site that suggested making ice-cream with it.

    Pamela, would you like to email me at

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