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Tonka beans from Amazon - Brazil

The sweetness of vanilla, the intensity of almond with a caramelized finish. Simply grate your Tonka Beans in your creams, syrups, arranged rum and salted dishes to enhance your recipes

Food pairing: Poultry, Fish / Shellfish / Seafood, Chocolate desserts, cream.

Dosage: Grate the bean until you obtain the desired power

Origin - Plantations : Brazil, harvested by the indigenous populations of the Amazon

Packaging: Reclosable bag - 20g equals about 10-12 Tonka beans.

"Half a Tonka bean makes the difference. A real love at first sight! "

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  • What is Tonka Bean?

    The Tonka bean is the seed contained in the fruit of Dyptérix Odorata, a tree that can reach 30 metres in height. It is also called coumarou, coumaron or coumarin.

    Once ripe, the fruit falls from the top of the canopy to the ground and is picked and dried. When you open the fruit, which looks like a small mango, you discover ebony beans.

    Did you know that? The main aromatic molecule of Tonka beans, coumarin, in saturation with essential oils, crystallizes on the surface, a sign of excellent quality (frosted tonka beans).

    The harvest of Tonka beans from the Amazon

    Dipteryx Odorata is an emerging tree (which surpasses other trees) that is also called Brazilian teak. It can reach nearly 30 meters.

    The tonka bean tree needs well-drained soil and a tropical climate. It is in bloom from March to May. The harvest extends from June to September depending on the region. The entire maturing process lasts one year. The bean is black in colour.

    To harvest the bean called "Cumaru" in Brazil, you have to break the hull. A good quality tonka bean measures about 3 cm long by 1 cm wide.

    David Vanille's choice: What makes the difference between the Tonka Beans of Brazil that I propose to you, and the others? These Tonka beans were imported directly from the Amazon (via Sao Paulo). I asked my collector to select only the rarest quality, the largest ebony beans. They develop aromas of caramel, vanilla and coffee

    My goal: to offer you a quality that is not available elsewhere in the store or on the Internet


    The origins of the tonka bean

    The tonka bean is native to Latin America. The first written records of his name were found in 1775. It was a French scientist, Jean-Baptiste Aublet, who introduced it to Mauritius by planting a Brazilian teak tree.

    In the 19th century, Alexander Von Humbold discovered the tonka bean in an original way. During a trip to Venezuela, he was surprised by the pleasant smell of freshly washed laundry. The natives told him their secret: the tonka bean.

    Long neglected in our kitchens, tonka beans were mainly used in pastries. Today, it is an enchanting spice that seduces the greatest chefs.

    The tonka bean nowadays

    The production of tonka beans is highly dependent on the climate. Currently, it fluctuates between 60 and 100 tonnes per year. A tree can produce about 15 kilos of beans per year.

    Did you know that? Coumarin comes from the tonka bean in the form of crystals during the drying of the beans.

    Other uses

    Tonka beans are not only used in cooking. It contains a substance, coumarin, which is one of the essential components in the manufacture of certain perfumes and cosmetics. Some tobacco companies also use it to flavor their tobacco. Tonka beans are also used to perfume the linen by slipping small bags of beans into the linens.

    The tonka bean is also considered a lucky charm by Amazonian Indians.

    Did you know that? Guerlinade, the perfume created by Jacques Guerlain in 1921, contains tonka bean, which gives it its rich olfactory richness with sweet and gourmet notes.

    How to use tonka bean in cooking?

    If the Tonka Bean from Brazil has an aromatic palette oriented towards sweet and sensual notes that spontaneously make us into delicious sweet desserts, you can also use it in many savoury recipes.

    You can use it in any recipe that requires the use of vanilla. As far as its dosage is concerned, you should be careful with the Tonka Bean from Brazil, as its aromatic power will be even stronger when your preparation cools down. In this respect, it can be said that the Tonka Bean from Brazil is undeniably an economic spice!

    Tip: Play with the low temperature maceration of your Tonka Beans. You will work miracles!


    Our recipe ideas with tonka bean

    Would you like to discover the sweet and sweet aromas of tonka bean in your kitchen? Here are some culinary ideas that you should enjoy!

    Starter: Carpaccio of scallops

    A light entrée that respects the product! The tonka bean brings an aroma of almond and vanilla. Slice your scallops thinly, season with salt and pepper and grate some tonka beans. A delight!

    The dish: Duck breast with pepper and tonka sauce

    A rustic dish that is softened with a few pieces of tonka beans. Slice in the fat of the duck breast. Make a cut along the length of your duck breast without cutting it in half. Add well seasoned semi-cooked foie gras. Cook the duck breast on the skin side over high heat. Once cooked, grate some tonka beans in the gravy. Add a few black pepper berries. Let it thicken. Coat your duck breast with the sauce. Serve with a few small roasted potatoes.

    Dessert: Skewer of grilled exotic fruits and tonka beans

    Pineapple, mango, peaches... here, the fruits can be enjoyed hot. Cut them into squares and prick them on a skewer pick. Grill them over high heat. They must remain firm. Add a little grated tonka beans once the grilling is finished. It will bring a gourmet note to this light dessert.


    How to store the tonka bean?

    Tonka bean can be stored in an airtight container, preferably a jar. It must be kept dry, away from heat and light. It grates like a nutmeg and can, once started, be placed back in its container.

  • Find our recipe ideas with "Tonka beans from Amazon - Brazil"

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    Laure Marie C. published the 25/02/2020 following an order made on 19/02/2020


    Très bien

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    Sandrine H. published the 23/02/2020 following an order made on 09/02/2020


    Mes petits muffins aux pépites de chocolats et fève tonka ont été dévorés. Et ceux qui ne connaissaient pas cette saveur ont adorés

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    Gaetan A. published the 18/02/2020 following an order made on 10/02/2020


    Très bien, conforme à mes attentes, je recommande !

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    Estelle M. published the 16/02/2020 following an order made on 09/02/2020


    Très bien, conforme à mes attentes, je recommande

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    Delphine D. published the 11/02/2020 following an order made on 03/02/2020


    Fèves tonka de très bonne qualité

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    Fanta D. published the 11/02/2020 following an order made on 31/01/2020


    Découverte pour moi...à testé mais l'odeur est assez alléchante

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    Corine M. published the 11/02/2020 following an order made on 02/02/2020


    Pas encore testé

    Comment from David Vanille the 10/02/2020
    Bonjour Corine, Pourquoi mettre une note si vous n'avez pas encore testé? ;-) N'hésitez pas à en mettre une quand vous aurez essayer. Merci d'avance, Au plaisir, David

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    Richard P. published the 11/02/2020 following an order made on 31/01/2020



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    Elisa B. published the 05/02/2020 following an order made on 27/01/2020


    Des l’ouverture du paquet on sent les arômes qui s’en dégagent. Preuve de la qualité du produit.

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    Angelina T. published the 04/02/2020 following an order made on 26/01/2020



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