Picture of a young Inga Bean or Ice Cream Bean plant, as sold by Urban Bounty NZ..  The Inga Bean tree has spear shaped dark green leaves, white Pohutukawa-like flowers and long green bean pods filled with delicious vanilla-flavoured white pulp.

Inga Bean (Ice Cream Bean) Trees


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Inga Bean trees are an attractive nitrogen-fixing tree with dark green foliage. These plants aren't called 'Ice Cream' plants for nothing -  the large beans are filled with delicious edible pulp that has a candy-floss texture and vanilla taste.  What better way to convince your children to eat their greens?

Urban Bounty Inga Bean plants are sold in 2.5 litre pots.

What is Inga Bean (Ice Cream Bean, Inga Edulis)

Inga Bean trees are a gorgeous tree that hales from central and south America.  Their natural habitats in the Brazilian Amazon include swamps, riverbanks and lakes.  We love their nickname 'Ice Cream Bean' - what's not to love about a fruit that taste like vanilla ice cream!

Inga Bean trees have glossy dark green leaves and white Pohutukawa-style flowers.  They produce huge bean pods of up to 15 cm long or longer! Like legumes, they are a great nitrogen fixer in the garden.

This is a fast grower that can reach up to 8 metres high in New Zealand,  so they are best suited to a large section or life style block.  Try an Inga Bean in your large tropical garden.

Culinary Uses for Inga Bean  (Ice Cream Bean, Inga Edulis)

Like the name suggests, the vanilla-flavoured pulp from Ice Cream Beans can be used  in desserts, or simply enjoyed fresh. Break the husk open with your hands and discard before scooping the pulp out with a paring knife or your fingers.

If eating fresh, separate the seeds before eating, as they are toxic when raw.  They are fine when cooked though - try roasting the protein-rich seeds for a savory Mexican-style snack.   

Growing Conditions Inga Bean  (Ice Cream Bean, Inga Edulis)

Inga Beans come into season between May and July, and take about three years to bear fruit.  This easy-to-grow tree loves a sunny, sheltered spot.  It will grow in part shade, but won't fruit as well.  As a nitrogen fixer, this tree is a good option if you have poor soil and lots of space.

A tropical plant, Inga Bean prefer a warm climate, and don't cope well in frosty or windy climates.  They will tolerate some salt spray though.  

Inga Bean plants are thirsty and need regular water in dry periods and over summer.  

Minimal pruning is required - just remove dead or diseased limbs, or prune to shape if desired.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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