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Inga Bean (Inga edulis)

Inga Bean is part of the family Leguminosae, nitrogen fixing plant. Nitrogen fixing bacteria form nodules on the plant roots providing the plant with nitrogen that they fix from the air. Known as the Ice Cream Bean tree.

Pods up to 1 metre long contain sweet, juicy, white pulp that has a soft cotton wool texture and tastes of vanilla ice-cream. "A delectable snack that comes in its own natural wrapper" which is loved by children. Can be eaten fresh or used as flavouring for desserts. Seeds can be cooked and eaten like a vegetable, in Mexico they roast and sell as a snack. 

Plant Care 

Light

Prefers a sunny site or partial shade. 

Water

A thirsty plant especially during spring-autumn

Soil

Will grow in poorer soils. They will even grow in a wide range of pH levels from 4.0 to 8.5. Inga Bean will handle some water logging and short drought periods. 

Fertilizer

Addition of organic matter or fertiliser will increase growth and yield. Old manure will work wonders

Wind

Hardy

Frost

Frost tender but will tolerate brief frosts. If they are exposed to long frost periods the plant will die back but will come away in the spring. Most suited to warm temperate climates.

Fruiting

3-4 years from planting

Pruning

Minimal pruning required to maintain desired shape and size. Remove dead or diseased branches. 


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kirsty smith stevens
Inga bean

Arrived super healthy!