Ice Cream Bean

Scientific Name: 
Inga edulis
Family Name: 
Fabaceae
Place of Origin: 
South America
Plant Description: 
Fast growing, large spreading tree that can reach 30 metres in the tropics, but much less in temperate areas. Seeds can be a weed problem underneath the tree if not collected. Not frost tolerant though has handled the mild frosts we get on the mid north coast of NSW. Branches can break in strong winds. Ntirogen fixing tree.
Plant Height: 
Up to 30m
Plant Width: 
Up to 15m
Plant Use: 
Edible
Animal Fodder
Harvest Period: 
Autumn
Of Interest: 
Delicious pulp around large inedible seeds. Pulp can be dehydrated for a sweet lolly-type snack, eaten fresh or rolled into balls and frozen for a natural ice cream/sherbet treat! Pods can be composted, and the foliage makes a good mulch and can also be fed to livestock. The tree also makes a good shade/shelter tree for tender plants.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Annual
Plant Type: 
Small Tree
Climate: 
Warm Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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