Ice cream bean
The ice cream bean (Inga edulis, Fabaceae) is native to tropical South America where it is a fast-growing tree. The bean pods may reach 20 cm and they contain a white sugary pulp reminding one of the sweet cotton candy sold at theme parks. As an experiment our tropical gardening school students recently planted ten seedlings at various places at Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. We offer one plant free of charge to any VIP card holder at the vernissage on Sunday.
A typical winged leaf of the ice cream bean.