Inga edulis

Inga edulis

Inga edulis in some sources is actually Pacay (I. feuilleei); see below.

Inga edulis (Ice-cream-bean) is a fruit native to South America. It is widely grown, especially by indigenous Amazonians, for shade, food, timber, medicine, and production of the alcoholic beverage cachiri. It is popular in Peru and Colombia.


This plant has a convoluted history of synonymy with Inga vera. The plants discussed under that name by Brenan and Kunth are actually I. edulis, whereas that based on the writings of Carl Ludwig Willdenow refers to the actual I. vera. Inga edulis in works referring back to authorities other than von Martius usually refers to Inga feuilleei.

Synonyms of Inga edulis Mart.:

  • Feuilleea edulis (Mart.) Kuntze
  • Inga benthamiana Meisn.
  • Inga edulis var. grenadensis Urb.
  • Inga minutula (Schery) T.S.Elias
  • Inga scabriuscula Benth.
  • Inga vera Kunth
  • Inga vera sensu Brenan
  • Inga ynga (Vell.) J.W.Moore
  • Mimosa inga L.
  • Mimosa ynga Vell.



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