Inga spectabilis – Machete Ice Cream Bean. Price: $ Image 1. Larger / More Photos. Sorry but this item is currently unavailable. Please check back at a later. Inga spectabilis. (Vahl) Willd., Sp. Pl. Bribri, Guavo, Monkey tambrin , Guava de castilla, Guava real. Tree, to 22 m tall and 34 cm dbh; outer bark. Species:Inga spectabilis. Common Name:Monkey tambrin / Bribri, Bribri guaba, Bui, Guaba de castilla, Guaba real, Guabo, Machete, Tama-tama, Guaba Ma.

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Year ISBN Description The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.

Inga spectabilis

Views Read Edit View history. The pulp covering the seeds is lightly fibrous and sweet, and rich in minerals; it is edible in the raw state. This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat Uses The sweet pulp of the ice psectabilis bean is eaten fresh. Fruits in Puerto Rico from July through December.

Inga ‘ s leaves are pinnateand flowers are generally white. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.

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Propagation and Culture Ice cream bean is propagated by seeds, which germinate and grow quickly. It is often used as lumber in construction and furniture making. Close-up of the leaf Photograph by: If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. Nutritional composition per g ice cream bean pulp values are for Inga edulis. Flowers and leaves Photograph by: This nitrogen fixing legume tree is used to provide shade in coffee and cocoa plantations, and can also be used as a support to grow crops such as vanilla, black pepper and pitahaya.


Cultivars and Related Species There are no named cultivars of ice cream bean. Hundreds, see List of Inga species. Ice-cream-bean Inga edulis parts drawing. Well adapted to the wet tropics, and growing well on different soils, the ice cream bean can be found from sea level to 3, feet 1, m elevation. Inga species, most notably Inga edulis commonly known as “ice-cream-bean” or, in Spanish”guama”, “guaba”, “guaba de bejuco” or “paterna” depending on the country or region often have edible pulp.

Publisher Kampong Publications, California. In Ecuador, Inga edulis is known as “guaba de bejuco” and, the other popular species there, Inga spectabilisas “guaba de machete”.

Inga spectabilis – Machete Ice Cream Bean – Seeds

The flowers are white with some green and the tree can produce fruits almost all year long. Other important species are Inga edulis ice cream bean, guaba, guamo bejuco, rabo de micoInga cinnamomea shimbillo pairajo, vaca paletaInga capitata ingape, guamo negroInga fagifolia inga de macacoI nga macrophylla pacae, inga pebaInga punctata shimbillo quebradero and Inga pilosula shimbillo enano.

Readable yet also very detailed. Close-up of the flowers Photograph by: Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruits Photograph by: Perfect flowers composed of numerous white stamens and a thin central pistil. Retrieved 23 December Flowering branches Photograph by: Within the Inga genus there are around species, most of them native and growing in the Amazon forest region although some species are also found in Mexico, Greater and Lesser Antilles and other countries in South America, being an exclusively neotropical genus.

The seeds are covered with sweet white powder. The pods are large, up to 24 inches 61 cm long and 3 inches 7. Inga common name shimbillo is a genus of small tropical, tough-leaved, nitrogen-fixing trees [3] and shrubs, subfamily Mimosoideae. Alley cropping techniques using species of Inga have been developed to restore soil fertilityand thereby stem the tide of continual slashing and burning of the rainforest.


The sweet pulp of the ice cream bean is eaten fresh.

Retrieved 18 September Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. Several related plants have been placed into this genus at one time, for example Yopo Cohoba, Mopo, Nopo or Parica — Anadenanthera peregrina — as Inga niopo. Fruits being sold at a roadside stall Photograph by: Inga spectabilis Vahl Willd. Many of the hundreds of species are used ornamentally.

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The pulp is very sweet, somewhat fibrous, and melts in the mouth like cotton candy. Various Inga species have medicinal, food and other uses: For other uses, see Inga disambiguation.

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Trees begin to flower and fruit at about years of age. Archived from the original on 23 October Medium size tree, to about 45 feet 14 m tall, spectabiliz a spreading crown.

Estimates of the number of Inga species vary from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Last update on Trees can reach up to 15 metres and they are widely used for producing shade over coffee plants.

Edible white arils specgabilis the shiny, dark brown, 1. Retrieved 23 October Ice cream bean is propagated by seeds, which germinate and grow quickly.

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