What is it and How do you eat it Fall 2011


Ice Cream Bean Inga edulis, a long pod, sometimes a few feet in length, containing a bright-white pulp that surrounds a row of large seeds. The flavor is sweet and resembles vanilla ice cream. This nitrogen fixing legume tree was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands around the 1920’s to provide shade in coffee plantations. It can also be used as a support to grow crops such as vanilla, black pepper and pitahaya.

You just pull and eat the white fluffy pulp off the seed. You can also use it to top any other dessert. Delicious