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Ice-cream Bean (Inga edulis)

A large nitrogen fixing tree which produces bean pods up to 1 metre long which contain sweet, juicy, white pulp that has a soft cotton wool texture and tastes of vanilla ice-cream. Comes from Central and Southern America.

"A delectable snack that comes in its own natural wrapper" which is loved by children.

 

Soil
Characteristics
Well drained, but tolerant of a wide range.
Climate Requirements Warm humid areas - can grow in most parts of the tropics and subtropics.Not tolerant of frost or drought.

Culture

Trees grow easily from seed, often becoming a weed below the adult tree. Limbs are very weak and easily broken by wind.
Harvesting Pods are harvested when fully rounded usually over summer.
Length of time
until first crop
Three years
Marketing Notes Very attractive to children. Short life of only a few days off the tree.

 

Food Preparation

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.

 

Further information

Purdue 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This is a chapter from an unpublished book by James Duke. 1983.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.

Lost 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.

Inga 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.

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Last updated December 19, 2013