Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Magical Moment 613, "Monstera Deliciosa"

First of all, congrats to Jayne from Suburban Soliloquy for winning the CD give-away! And thank you to all who entered!

There are always discoveries to be made at Thomas Edison National Park, where my husband is a Park Ranger. My favorite building on the property however, is the old Greenhouse, which is kept up by a local volunteer garden club.  In just 7 years, they've re-created the original beauty as it was years ago in Thomas Edison's Day. 

There are plants from all over the world, cultivated and cared for, with the patience that only a true gardener can possess. I am no gardener, and I've never had a green thumb. But the Greenhouse is so special to me, that I wanted to offer what I could to help out. There is much to be learned in the world of gardening!

The newest discovery I learned of, is a plant called Monstera Deliciosa. It's a tropical plant that can grow up to 20 meters high and produces a muy deliciosa fruit. One of these fruits fell from its branch the other day and I was allowed to take it home until it ripened. 

It's about the size and shape of a corn cob

These green scales pop open to reveal the fruit inside

This is the edible part of the fruit

It was quite tasty, reminding me of a mixture of pineapple and banana, which may be why one of its' nicknames is the Fruit Cocktail Plant. Yes, the Monstera Deliciosa is monsterously delicious. :)

"There are certain things anybody can plant - sweet P's in a straight row, for instance: prayer, patience, peace, passion. But it's not enough for a gardener to love flowers. A gardener also must hate weeds. As good plants grow, you must pinch off bitter ones like panic, paranoia, and passivity. And by the way, while gardening, do squash pride. And please, lettuce love one another at all times."
-Barbara Johnson


Other treasures from Thomas Edison's Greenhouse: