Ice Cream Bean (Inga edulis)

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The Ice Cream Bean tree is a large, fast-growing leguminous tropical fruit tree native to South America.  Ice Cream Bean fruit is so unique.  Bean pods average about one foot long.  The pulpy interior is snow white with a cotton candy texture and a sweet flavor reminiscent of vanilla ice cream. When roasted, the seeds provide a rich source of protein.  The seeds should not, however, be eaten raw. The interior cottony pulp of the Ice Cream Bean pods is an excellent source of dietary fiber, polyphenols, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. 

Ice Cream Bean trees are also an amazing nitrogen fixer for surrounding soil.  Prune trees in late winter or early spring to open the canopy and stimulate fruit growth. 

Plant Type: 
Tropical Fruit Tree 

Harvest Season: 
Late Summer, Fall

Mature Size: 
Up to 60 ft. 

Soil & Moisture: 
Moist, well-draining, sandy, rich. Salt tolerant.

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile: 
Yes

Growth Rate: 
Very Fast

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection until well-established; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation
Grown from seed and ready to flower and fruit within 1-3 years.

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