Monstera is a cylindrical reptile-like fruit with green hexagon-shaped tiles on its exterior. When fully ripe, the scales split away and fall from the fruit revealing edible, creamy white kernals underneath. This inner pulp has a custard-like texture and a distinctive sweet and tart tropical flavor reminiscent of pineapple, banana and mango. Gray and black streaks are normal and appear on the inedible core as the kernels detach from the stalk. The fruit often ripens in stages over 5 or 6 days.