The Ice Cream Bean got its name from the sweet fluffy vanilla pulp surrounding its seeds. The Inga species are widely cultivated in Central and South America, for fruit, shade, timber and they are preferred by permaculture farmers for their nitrogen fixing property.
The fruit got its name from the taste of its fermented pulp: it reminds of peach.
The native Americans chew the cooked pulp and left to ferment for 1-2 days to get their traditional everyday drink when they mixed with water. They left to ferment for 8 days to get an alcoholic beverage used to celebrations.
The Peach Palm tree provided important staple food. They consumed both the fruit and the heart of palm. They highly valued the fruit due to its nutritional values.
It is a good source of carbohydrates and fat, contains a lot of vitamin A, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
The fruit is edible after boiling otherwise it contains calcium oxalate and has a trypsin inhibitor.
It is common to simply cook the fruit for 1-3 hours.
To make a fermented beverage today locals mix the cooked flesh with sugar and water and let it to ferment for 1-2 days.
The heart of palm is used raw or cooked to salads, side dishes and to plant based meals that reminds of seafood as the cooked heart of palm has good texture and nice taste.
The seed is oily and have a pleasant coconut-like flavor. It is edible raw. Locals make a drink from the raw seeds adding sugar and water. The germination of this seed normally takes 30-90 days, in some cases 180 days. The seedling gives fruit in 3-4 years.
10 seeds for 5 USD 50 seeds for 20 USD 100 seeds for 35 USD
Borojo is a fairly large brown fruit with a pulp that is very thick and creamy and takes out 90-95% of the weight of fruit. The rest is the small seeds in the middle and a thin skin.
The pulp is spicy and tart with a slight sweetness. The taste reminded me mostly to quince jelly, in a more tart version. It also reminds to apple somewhat, and has a peppery spiciness. The most common way to consume is in smoothies and juices.
It is considered a superfood with aphrodisiac properties by both the indigenous and foreigner.
Both male and female plants are required for successful fruiting.