Inga ilta is a tree.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible seeds and fruit pulp, as well as being a good source of fuel. It is cultivated in Ecuador for its large fruits[
S. America - Peru, Ecuador.
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Fruit - raw. The pulp surrounding the seeds is eaten[
Seed - cooked[
]. The seed is boiled and used in soups or toasted[
]. This report actually refers to the embryo as being edible, I have assumed that the whole seed is meant[
The wood of Inga species is generally attractive, but it has a coarse texture, is susceptible to attack by dry-wood termites and is not durable in the soil[
A good source of fuel wood[
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