Originally Posted by Dawgluver
OMG, every time I hear or read those two words combined in that order, I react just like Pavlov's dogs. My mouth starts salivating and my stomach growls.
I: Inga bean (or ice cream bean)
A pod grown from a tree in Central and South America that grows wild in some areas and is cultivated in others. It grows prolifically on river banks, in swamps or wherever there is a good deal of water, and produces a long bean or pod. The matter inside tastes much like vanilla ice cream.
The trees that produce inga beans grow to 60 feet in tropical areas. They have flat tops with spreading branches and a contorted gray trunk. Leaves are about 4 to 10 inches long and lance shaped, coming in four to six pairs on a leaflet.
They are dark green to bronze in color and look fern-like. Flowers appear at the tip of stems, are very fragrant and appear June to October in most regions, and in March or April in Brazil.
The pods or beans grow up to 6 feet long and are slightly twisted, flat and brown when harvested. Inside the pod are green seeds encased in a white cotton-like pulp.