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Ice Cream Bean (Inga spectabilis)

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Ice Cream Bean fruit is so unique.  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. 

The Ice Cream Bean tree is a large, fast-growing leguminous tropical fruit tree native to South America. It can fruit within 3 years of germination. Ice Cream Bean pods average about one foot long.  Trees can grow very large, reaching up to 100 feet in their native climates! They're 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


Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+


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How to Grow Ice Cream Bean

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.

Exposure: Full Sun, Light Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 with frost protection.

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