Fruit facts
Ice cream filled pods
Dr Chiranjit parmar

The pods of Inga dulcis are filled with a tasty creamy pulp, white or pink in colour. This pulp tastes sweet, sometimes with also with a pleasant blend of sourness. So these pods are popularly called ice cream beans.

Ice cream bean is basically a plant from Mexican region but was taken from there by Portuguese sailors all over the world. In India, this fruit grows in Bengal and is called amil there. Besides pulpy beans, it is also provides nutritive fodder to cattle.