Ice Cream Bean, Monkey Tamarind
Inga edulis

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Inga (ING-ah) (Info)
Species: edulis (ED-yew-liss) (Info)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lafayette, California

Spring Valley, California

Brandon, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida (2 reports)

Sarasota, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 8, 2008, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Synonyms include:
Feuilleea edulis
Inga benthamiana
Inga edulis var. grenadensis [verification needed]
Inga minutula [verification needed]
Inga scabriuscula
Inga vera
Inga vera sensu
Inga ynga [verification needed]
Mimosa inga [verification needed]
Mimosa ynga

Positive

On Jun 16, 2007, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Brought a seed back from a trip to Peru. It has growing very quickly. The seed actually germinated in a plastic bag with moisture and has grown about 6 inches in 3 weeks.

Neutral

On Mar 14, 2007, andihazelwood from bundaberg
Australia (Zone 10b) wrote:

This nitrogen fixer has long bean pods which contain many large seeds, surrounded by juicy white fluff that tastes like vanilla ice cream. Subtropical, native to Central and South America.