Gardening

Miracle FruitSynsepalum dulcificum

Origin – West Africa

More party trick than useful fruit this perennial bush is a great addition to any yard – or pot! Miracle fruit doesn’t mind shade and will fruit those magical red berries at 2-4 years old.
Ok. I like them. There’s certainly not much fruit flesh to be had or even much flavour. What is great about them is that after eating, your tastebuds are altered for around 20-40 minutes. Suck a lemon, sample a bitter gourd, or just enjoy a different taste sensation for a while. Plants should be fun too, no? Propagation is by seed or cuttings.

Melon  – Cucumis melo, Citrullus lanatus

Origin – Iran, southern Africa

We grew some great Melon in our first year – watermelon and rockmelon. Haven’t tried since! They do well in the dry season only. The wet season is just too much for them. You need to give them room to sprawl and do as they please. That’s probably why they only got one season at our place!

Monstera Deliciosa   – Monstera deliciosa

Origin – southern Mexico

Also called the Fruit Salad Plant monstera deliciosa is a tropical winner and an attractive plant to boot, often used as an ornamental. Large, lush dark green leaves with separations in them grow on a vine with aerial roots. It can grow up to 20 metres up a tree.
After about 3 years, the plant produces an amazing white sheathed fruit with very small flowers that bloom from between the hexagonal skin parts. The fruit is ready to pick when, about a year after it was borne, the hexagonal scales at the base of the fruit start to separate.
Pick and eat only the flesh where the hexagonals separate. It will take between 4-7 days to eat a fruit. The fruit can sometimes give a needle like sensation in your mouth from the oxalates it contains. This fruit is recommended only for the very patient! Take cuttings from an existing plant and keep in moist soil until the roots set.

Jo Martin, Grow Food Plant in Cairns, FNQ

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