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The genus Inga comprises small tropical, tough-leaved, trees and shrubs, many species of which are used ornamentally. The name Inga is derived from the Tupi tribe of South America, and represents more than 300 species. Roughly half of these occur in the northwestern portion of the Amazon. Several species produce large pods with seeds surrounded by a woolly, edible pulp. The most widespread and most cultivated species are Inga edulis ("ice-cream-bean") and Inga feuillei, both of which produce pods throughout the year. The remains of pods have even been found in ancient Incan pottery, as well as still being commonly sold in marketplaces today.