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My "vanilla ice cream tree" from the South Pacific

Postby mari6745 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:39 pm

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Greetings from Ojai, CA. I am growing a "vanilla ice cream tree"in my bathroom which is now almost 4 feet tall. I bought the exotic fruit about a year ago at my local gourmet market one day and out of curiosity planted some of the seeds.The seedling that "made it" is in a container and relentlessly shooting up like a weed. When I get my scanner hooked up I'll post an image.The fruit presents as milky white flesh amidst shiny black seeds similar to loquats or cherimoyas.This is all encased in light-green pods about 3 inches long. Problem is, I can't find info whatsoever on this thing anywhere in a plant book or online.The produce man didn't know the species/genus name... all he knew was they were from an island in the South Pacific. I suppose I could ask the owner/manager to look in his log who the supplier was for that shipment. In the meantime, anyone know of this tree or have tips?

Re: My "vanilla ice cream tree" from the South Pacific

Postby RodneyS » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:53 pm

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I think you're referring to the Ice cream bean, inga edulis. I have a pacay seedling, inga feuillei. They have bean pods w/ edible white pulp around black seeds.

Re: My "vanilla ice cream tree" from the South Pacific

Postby mari6745 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:19 pm

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Hello Rodney, I may have a possible match and the correct name to boot! Thank you. My indoor garden also houses a prayer plant that just celebrated a 50 year B-day...my folks got it as a wedding gift and then when they passed away I inherited it. It's up to me to ensure its' survival!

Re: My "vanilla ice cream tree" from the South Pacific

Postby Axel » Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:08 pm

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Welcome! I also have a big ice cream bean tree growing outside. Its about 20-25 feet tall. I think it is inga feuillei.
Tropical gardening in both Kaua'i windward Sunset H2/USDA 12b and Fallbrook Sunset 23/USDA 10b.

Re: My "vanilla ice cream tree" from the South Pacific

Postby mari6745 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:51 am

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Hey Axel, thanks! I thought my plant was rare. NOT!! After visiting here for awhile I see my plant has some friends. So cool this site exists...Cheers.


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