Ice-Cream Fruit

Ice-Cream bean
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I found this “ice-cream fruit” in countryside of Kota Belud. It grows on a tree and looks like a bean.

Ice-Cream Fruit
Ice-Cream Fruit
Open it and you will see marshy meat inside. I tried it and the fruit is soft and taste like cotton candy, but not too sweet.

Ice-Cream Fruit
Above: the seed of ice-cream fruit

Nobody can tell me its name coz all village people call it ice-cream fruit. Quite a nice treat if you don’t want real ice-cream in remote area.

Photos taken in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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  • Viana

    Thank you for sharing. A very interesting blog you got here =)
    I’ve never seen this “ice-cream fruit” before and I only knew about it through your blog.
    I managed to find the name of this fruit online.
    It is called Ice Cream Bean (Inga edulis a.k.a. Inga-Cipo) =)


    Thanks Viana for the info & your effort to identify it 🙂

  • Viana

    Welcome.. =)

  • Brian

    I’ve been looking for this tree in Sabah… can you buy the pods at the market? Is the tree very common in Kota Belud?

  • Hi Brian, I haven’t seen one sold at the market. This tree is not uncommon in countryside, so you can ask the villager for the pods. Sabah Agriculture Park (Tenom) also plants this fruit.