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ICE CREAM BEAN Inga edulis

ice cream bean fruit compliments of fruitmaven Ice Cream Bean For Sale 140mm pot Leaf of the Ice Cream Bean

A large attractive tree with spreading branches and lovely white and yellow pompom type flowers. The pods look similar to a tamarind pod. Surrounding the inedible black seeds is a thick white juicy pulp that tastes very much like vanilla ice-cream. The tree has the added advantage of being nitrogen fixing and is a good choice as a fast growing shade tree.

Weed Warning: This is an attractive fast growing legume tree native to Central and South America. Over the last 10 years it has gained popularity in Australia as a nitrogen fixing tree that produces large velvety pods filled with creamy sweet flesh. Its popularity has also generated concerns about its potential to spread, with the main area of concern in NSW from Taree to the Tweed region.

PriceAvail.PropPotBuy Options 
$14.90 9 Seedling 140mm
Grown From Climate Height Frost tol. Pollination req'd Evergreen/Deciduous Harvest period
Seedling Subtropical - Tropical 5-8 Sensitive No Evergreen December - March
 

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Ice Cream Bean

An observation-left outside in a pot for 4yrs.Hamered by frost' but survived.Once planted grew quickly and is fruiting profusely | Bill Yates - Blacktown, NSW 20-May-2006

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Planted one on the nature strip 4 years ago and it's now 10 foot tall. Beautiful weeping foliage, nitrogen fixer, interesting flowers and delicious fruit. Tough as nails once established. Appreciates good water. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 02-Jun-2006

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Grew in full shade took ages to fruit-possum love it so do bats | Brent Ireland - Northgate, QLD 29-Jun-2006

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Planted by Council next to road - spreads exceedingly fast during summer and requires pruning to keep it off the road. Takes a while before good volumes of plump fruit are produced. | Carol Leung - West End, QLD 10-Feb-2007

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Created a nice little micro climate out of the wind, but just wanted to let you know it grows well as far south as Phillip Island, Victoria | Paul Toovey - Cowes, VIC 20-Nov-2007

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This tree is awesome,I usually grow rare chillies and out of the blue I bought it it was at the end of last summer and wow it is fruiting already but fruit is not ripe yet | Luke Watts - Earlwood, NSW 15-Jan-2008

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WE have 10 acres next to a creek our tree is about 15 years old and is HUGE!IT'S ABOUT THE SIZE of a Circus tent | Jack Kennedy - Albany Creek, QLD 23-Feb-2008

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This is a noxious weed and should not be planted in rural situations where it can spread into the environment. I poisoned all of our dozen or so trees. | David Mcminn - Nimbin, NSW 04-Mar-2008

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Just harvested first time nice flavour grew ok we are near the sea illawarra region nsw now 4 meters high | Greg Stewart - Bulli, NSW 03-Apr-2008

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We have several I. edulis here, all about 15 years old. All about 10m tall. Passiflora edulis var flavicarpa (yellow passionfruit) loves growing amongst these guys, and will grow to the canopy, fruiting profusely. | Jason - Coomera, QLD 23-May-2008

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Hello Carol Leung, Where in West End are these trees? Which street? I'd like to go and have a look. | Nikhil - Brisbane, QLD 01-Dec-2008

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The ice cream bean is not on the DPI's list of weeds, neither is it included in a government list of "potential weeds" which discussed hundreds of plants. A search of the DPI and the EPA websites does not show up with anything at all. | Rosa Long - Cairns, QLD 05-Jan-2009

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Hi, could someone please tell me how & what to do with the fruit as I am a new owner. Beautiful tree. | Lyn Willshire - Yetman, N.S.W 07-Jan-2009

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I started my tree from seed indoors under artificial light this tree grew profusely its been in there one year and is already over 5' tall it loves abundant nutrients and water, beautiful pinnate leaves, going outside in spring under a warm california sun | Pete Gardner - Santa Barbara, CA 10-Jan-2009

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Nikhil - it is growing over 198 bus stop near 313 Boundary Street (past Dornoch bridge towards river). There are also some in the community gardens in the park at Paradise Street. | Carol Leung - West End, QLD 14-Jan-2009

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Every summer, The pods become an obsession for the white correllas,and I'm not left with many good pods!!they eat them and shred them..but hey Birds need to eat too! | Jenny Wren - Ballina, NSW 31-Jan-2010

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I love this tree but it makes such a mess. Every seed dropped has the potential to grow. I am constantly pulling the young trees out of the garden & lawn. Lovely tree but I would not recommend planting in a normal sized houseyard. | Robin - Toormina , NSW 11-Feb-2010

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I planted mine 5 years ago and just got first fruit this year. It now stands at 20 feet . looks like it wants to be really big and is covered in flowers. As I think I am the only one with Inga tree in Todos Santos I assume they are self pollenating. | Ira Evan Nevius - Todos Santos, MEX 29-Jun-2010

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Hi! We have two growing in different locations on our property,one is growing very fast and have discovered its potential to multiply with many seedlings popping up. Need to keep an eye on it . | Fredrick Buckley - Noosa Hinterland, QLD 09-Sep-2010

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There make good climbing trees so u can eat them when your up there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Eryn Lawler - Sydeny, 2449 23-Jan-2011

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This tree can be grown indoors, but during the cold season it won't do anything. You should be ready to prune it as well. No fruits yet, but I read it takes 3 years, and I've had it for 2.5 years. It is a very hardy grower even in a pot, loves sun. | Stephane Boisjoli - Ottawa, ON 28-Jan-2011

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Mine has been fruiting in Auckland for several years. I'd like to know if the beans are edible too? | Denise Bijoux - Auckland, NZ 26-Feb-2011

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In south America the beans are roasted and eaten whole. | Louis Bonomini - Newcaste, NSW 18-May-2011

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Councils should be wary planting these as there is potential to be weed like as every seed shoots even before it gets to the ground recommend pruning as if too big hard to get fruit in it's prime great for garnish on dessert or just snack in the afternoon | Tiago Wilson - Daintree, QLD 06-Feb-2012

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I grew one from seed...it's in a container in my bathroom, excellent conditions there along with passionfruit and kumquats. The bean is now almost 4 ft. tall and thriving! | Marianna - Ojai, CA 18-Feb-2012

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For the past three years, my Inga Edulis will flower but will not fruit. Whats the problem? | Gloria Obuzor - Port Harcourt, RIVER 20-Aug-2012

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We have many around the house on our property and make a wonderful shady sitting area. The birds are a joy to watch and the grandkids love climbing them also-good for attaching swings. Be sure not to plant near the house as the roots go forever.Millions o | R Braiuka - Kempsey, NSW 14-Apr-2013

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We planted a mature potted tree a year ago and we have fruit now, after floods, frost and drought conditions during that time. | Rae Harrison - Lockyer Valley, QLD 23-Apr-2013

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Most of inga sold in the nurseries is not true inga edulis Inga edulis has very long pod and is smooth and green Most inga trees seen near Brisbane has short and hairy yellow pods There is a true one in mount cootha botanical garden | Jack Chang - Greenbank, QLD 04-Apr-2014

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My tree is two n half years and is now producing 100 - 150mm fruit pods. enjoys north aspect, handles strong breeze too. Still waiting to try the fruit! | Ian Cox - Conjola, NSW 13-Apr-2014
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Ice Cream Bean 8/10

BJ's Edible Fruits
Update: 1703 days 24hrs

Comments: -

Okay, not really mine, but grown by my neighbour between our houses. I take care of it though because I like the fruit. I just cut it back when it looks like clogging the gutters and maybe give it a bit of fertilizer, but it really takes care of itself with its own mulch etc. 

Fruiting Months January, February, March, August, September, October

Planted: 2003

Height 9 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 5% in

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

 

Organic Status:Organic


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Ice Cream Bean (Seedling) 7/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 1622 days 1hrs

Comments: - Fast growing, attractive shade tree with long, sweet pods kids love to snack from.  I grow them as quick, growing pioneer plant that will be cut down later when other fruit trees need its space.

Planted: 2007

Height 3 metres

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 40% in Summer, Autumn, Winter

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: None

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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Ice Cream Bean (Seedling)

Kathy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 956 days 18hrs

Comments: -

My big boy isn't old enough to have fruited yet but since I put him in a bigger pot he has shot up. He likes his space and his water. He dries out and looks sad very easily.


2009: He was in the ground but has been happier since I put him in a pot and moved house.


Winter 2011: I have planted some seeds that I collected from pods. They were already germinating in the pods so fingers crossed I'd have an entire grove shortly. Literally 3 days later there are seedlings up!


Spring 2011: I have given away SO MANY seedlings and they keep coming up! So prolific! I have planted out the edge of the gully with them (where we hacked out the lantana). If they take they will make a great windbreak for my potted fruit trees and hopefully both help stabilise the bank and help keep the lantana down.


Summer 2011: Stupid little tiny caterpillars (the ones that curl the leaf up and spin web all over the inside) have decimated the new growth and we have had so much rain that I can't spray the anti-caterpillar bacteria. GRRRR! All I can do is keep and eye out and squish them as I find them.


Fruiting Months May, June, July

Planted: 2008

Height 1.25 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

Grasshoppers = catch em when I can and lux soap spray the rest of the time. I have been told that molasses spray works well but I haven't needed to try it.


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Ice Cream Bean (Seedling) 7/10

Avatrix's Edible Fruits
Update: 1490 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Frostbite!! Poor little thing. I thought it was much hardier than it was...


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Ice Cream Bean 5/10

JohnMc1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1858 days 14hrs

Comments: -

 Newly planted trees,

I've seen a couple of nice specimens only a couple of K's from my place so I thought I'd give them a try.

Fruiting Months March, April, May

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: not yet

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Ice Cream Bean 8/10

David3's Edible Fruits
Update: 1538 days 14hrs

Comments: -

was not to happy in a 100lt pot at first but growing well now

Planted: 2008

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

none


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Ice Cream Bean

SaraConnors's Edible Fruits
Update: 1848 days 16hrs

Comments: -

sound very interesting

have just oredered


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Ice Cream Bean (Grafted)

Renee's Edible Fruits
Update: 1481 days 18hrs

Comments: -

Wah it died. I'm sad. I probably put it in a bad place.

Planted: 2010

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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Ice Cream Bean (Grafted)

Fred1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1483 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Variety - inga edulis



Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No


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Fred1 says... [1483 days 19hrs ago]
Have trained this to grow a trellis - keeps the areas between trees easier for mowing - main branches growing north and south

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Ice Cream Bean

Scottyg's Edible Fruits
Update: 1659 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Nice shade tree but hungry parrots beat us to the fruiting pods. Only needs a light prune to tidy up.

Planted: 2007

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Ice Cream Bean (Seedling) 10/10

Emma1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1479 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Unusual Tree. Look forward to tasting beans.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No


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Wampa's Edible Fruits
Update: 27 days 22hrs


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