Pacay

Exotic Ice cream Peruvian fruit on wooden background

Inga edulis, Inga feuilleei

Synonyms:
Ice Cream Bean, Guama
Inga_edulis (Wikipedia)

Inga edulis
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Pod and seeds
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Fabales
Family:Fabaceae
Clade:Mimosoideae
Genus:Inga
Species:
I. edulis
Binomial name
Inga edulis
Synonyms

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Inga edulis, known as ice cream-bean, joaquiniquil, cuaniquil, guama or guaba, is a fruit native to South America. It is in the mimosoid tribe of the legume family Fabaceae. It is widely grown, especially by Indigenous Amazonians, for shade, food, timber, medicine, and production of the alcoholic beverage cachiri. It is popular in Peru, Ecuador, Pernambuco-Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia. The taxonomic name Inga is derived from its name with the Tupí people of South America, while the species name edulis is Latin for "edible". The common name "ice-cream bean" alludes to the sweet flavor and smooth texture of the pulp.

Pacay (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • paccay, pacaya, pacai

Etymology

Borrowed from Quechua pakay.

Noun

pacay (plural pacays)

  1. A Peruvian leguminous tree, cultivated for its large white edible pods.
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