D8. Inga Ice Cream Tree

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Mature trees of Inga edulis reach 30 m (98 ft) high and 60 cm (2.0 ft) diameter at breast height, usually branching from below 3 m (9.8 ft).  The branches form a broad, flat, moderately dense canopy.  The pods contain black seeds that are embedded in a thick white juicy pulp that tastes slightly like vanilla ice cream.  As 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.