Inga edulis (eng. ice-cream-bean, joaquiniquil, Mex. cuaniquil, guama or guaba) is a fruit native to South America. It is widely grown, especially by indigenous Amazonians, for shade, food, timber, medicine, and production of the alcoholic beverage cachiri.
Mature trees of Inga edulis reach 30 m (98 ft) high and 60 cm (2.0 ft) diameter at breast height, usually branching from below 3 m (9.8 ft). The branches form a broad, flat, moderately dense canopy. The pods contain black seeds which are embedded in a thick white juicy pulp that tastes slightly like vanilla ice cream.
It is popular in Peru, Ecuador, Pernambuco-Brazil and Colombia. The name 'inga' is derived from its name with the Tupi people of South America. In English they have been called "ice-cream beans" due to the sweet flavor and smooth texture of the pulp. Ice Cream Bean fruit plants in keralais now available in our farms.
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