Mexican breadfruit


: a monstera (Monstera deliciosa) of southern Mexico to Panama that is often grown as a houseplant and that has large, glossy, deeply incised or perforated leaves, an erect floral spadix enclosed in a white to yellow concave bract, and an elongated, scaly, sweet fruit
also : the fruit of the Mexican breadfruit
The Mexican breadfruit is making a rather curious appearance in some produce aisles. … Beneath a tough exterior lies a creamy, almost custardy, consistency, with a texture somewhere between a banana and a pineapple and a flavor not far off … The Washington Post

Note: The name Mexican breadfruit stems from the fact that the elongated fruit of this plant resembles that of the unrelated breadfruit of the mulberry family. The Mexican breadfruit is also known as ceriman, split-leaf philodendron, and Swiss cheese plant.

Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Mexican breadfruit was in 1873

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“Mexican breadfruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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