Edible parts: Fruit
Edible uses: Condiment
Made into drinks and ices, and put in fruit salads. In Europe Monstera has been used to flavor champagne. Caution: Eat only when ripe. The unripe fruit contains calcium oxalate crystals and acrid and caustic raphides. If you take a bite out of the unripe fruit you'll regret it. Contains a caustic sap which causes blistering. Can cause hives.
Anti-inflammatory, fibrinolytic, astringent, bland, neutral anti-inflammatory, fibrinolytic.
All species contain a caustic sap which causes blistering. Can cause hives. Boils; mashed, decocted, and rubbed on or heated leaves poulticed. To cauterize wounds and for leg pain, heated leaves poulticed; trauma, bruises, poulticed and internal. For fever and cough, boil leaves well, dosage 15 - 30 grams in decoction.
Has been used for fever in China. A leaf or root infusion is taken daily to relieve arthritis. A preparation of the root is employed in as a remedy for snake bite.
Infection: Mashed, decocted, and rubbed on boils; also heated leaves poulticed for boils.
Musculoskeletal & Trauma: A topical is used for snake bite, heated leaves poulticed to cauterize wounds and for leg pain, and poulticed and internal for trauma and bruises.
Respiratory: Supposed to be good for coughs.
The aerial roots have been used as ropes in Peru. In Mexico, they are fashioned into coarse, strong baskets.