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Inga edulis - Ice Cream Bean

Inga edulis - Ice Cream Bean (Inga edulis - Ice Cream Bean)

I'll be ready to go back to Balboa Park soon and eat a dozen or so of these. lol! :>) The pulp inside taste like cottony ice, so yummy!!! I have a my own tree in a pot, however, I will never put into the ground because it grows way too fast and huge! Photo taken at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. on May 25, 2011.

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Cottony ice cream??? Now you got me curious?

26 May, 2011



The pulp inside this legume is white and cottony and taste like ice cream, hence the name. It's so good!

My tree in a pot has only produced fruit once...when its roots were growing through the hole of the pot and into the ground. I wish I had a spot to put mine into the ground...however, it would very quickly grow to 30ft/10m tall (most likely in less than 2 years).

Does this tree grow in Corfu?

26 May, 2011


I've a feeling that it may be soon!

26 May, 2011


Yes, it'll be soon, maybe a couple of weeks. The pods will have to turn light brown and then they'll be ready. Yummy!

26 May, 2011


Growing in Corfu I meant!!!!

26 May, 2011


Ooooohhhhh! LOL! I'm sure it will be very soon!

26 May, 2011


Nah....will grow too big for my garden.

26 May, 2011


Delonix, My sister in law bought a coffee tree for 5euros. Very small. I did it again, didn't buy it when I should have and now regret it.

26 May, 2011


Ice cream....and portion size wrapped.......What a brilliant

26 May, 2011


Well, see you weren't going to buy an Ice Cream Bean tree, which is used shade coffee in South America. lol! :>)

Yes, to grow a nice Ice Cream Bean tree you need a huge yard.

27 May, 2011



Yes, it's definitely portion sized...although, one can eat many dozens. lol! :>)

27 May, 2011


You are naughty Delonix. I went to the garden center again today...they didn't have anything different so I bought a rose bush. The smell caught my attention as I walked by it. I still want that coffee tree, will ask them if they can order one for know how it is when you get stuck on something. ;o)))

27 May, 2011



I'm never naughty, just a smart a**!!! lol! :>)

It's very true, though...Inga edulis is used to shade coffee trees in Central and South America.

28 May, 2011 learn something new every day.

30 May, 2011


That's a good thing. :>)

31 May, 2011


They are huge are they good for you is it chewy. No need for a cornet or wafers then lol.

11 Aug, 2017


Inside the bean it looks like white cotton candy and tastes like it, also. :>))

13 Aug, 2017


Sounds very sweet to taste then so it looks fluffy.

14 Aug, 2017


Here's a YouTube video on the fruit.

15 Aug, 2017


Thank you Andy I shall take a look.

16 Aug, 2017


Great! :>))

19 Aug, 2017

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