Ice cream bean, also known as Inga edulis, is a tropical tree native to Central and South America. The fruit of the tree has a long, flat pod-like shape and a thin, brown or green skin when ripe. The flesh of the fruit is soft cottony sweet flavor. It is often eaten fresh or used to make desserts, such as ice cream and smoothies. The fruit is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and iron. When ripe, the fruit will be soft to the touch and have a slightly sweet aroma. It can be stored at room temperature until it is ripe, and then refrigerated until it is ready to be eaten.