Plant local gardens with tropical fruits

The Monster fruit (Monstera deliciosa) is common in gardens of Hawaii but most folks don’t know it produces a delicious fruit. This South American plant is sometimes incorrectly called cut-leafed philodendron to which it is closely related. The latter has a smaller leaf and no edible fruit. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Being grounded has new meaning with the lockdown caused by COVID-19. Even though I have lived in Hawaii most of my life, I have never had a problem with “rock fever” until this year. However, since we are unable to travel, we can mentally escape this isolation by growing tropical fruits from all over the tropics in our gardens.