Monsteras, those tropical houseplants with the cool, natural leaf holes that have been flooding your Instagram feed for the past few years, have gone viral for more than just looking cool on your windowsill: They actually bear fruit.

Influencers are dubbing Monstera deliciosa (which means “delicious monster”) the “fruit salad” plant, maintaining that the strange-looking, sweet and delicious spiky fruit is well-deserving of its name.

Miami Fruit, a South Florida company specializing in exotic fruit, including Monstera deliciosa, shared a TikTok video on July 21 introducing the funny fruit. In it, one of the company’s founders, Edelle Schlegel, describes its look as “corn on the cob from another planet” and the taste as, “all the fruit combined with a hint of Pop Rocks candy.” Specifically, pineapple, mango, and banana, she adds later on. “It has these interesting honeycomb scales that fall off as it ripens,” she says in the video that has been viewed more than 7.4 million times. There is one caveat, however. “Unripe, the fruit contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause a burning sensation in your mouth and throat, so make sure to eat it ripe to avoid getting burned.”

Lydia Keating, an influencer who heads up the so-called “Fruit Gang,” put Monstera deliciosa to the test in a July 28 video (viewed over 39 million times) after being “intrigued” by Miami Fruit’s claims. “It’s an interesting shape, it has a nice kind of curve,” she says after pulling three unripe pieces of the fruit out of a box. “She did say the honeycomb is supposed to flake off if it is ripe,” she says.


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