Open the pod - it should split
easily if ready to eat. Reach in and remove the seeds. Around each
seed is white 'cottonwool'. Peel the white wool away from the seeds
and eat it. It should taste juicy and sweet.
University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Ice Cream Bean
This is a chapter from an unpublished book by James Duke. 1983.
Handbook of Energy Crops. Gives a detailed description of the different
varieties, climate, soil, season, pests and diseases and food uses.
Crops of the Incas
This site explores little known plants of the Andes with promise
for world wide cultivation. It provides a drawing of an Ice Cream
Bean on p.276 and then further information on pp277-278. It was
a popular snack food and the pods of one variety have been depicted
on ancient ceramics. Has some good photos showing Ingas being sold
in the market and also the size of the pods on the trees.
edulis: A tree for acid soils in the humid tropics
A detailed description of the botany, distribution, use and
silviculture of the Ice-cream Bean. This information is drawn from
a wide variety of academic sources.