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Tonka beans from Amazonia - Brazil

The sweetness of vanilla, the intensity of almond with a caramelized finish. Just grate your Tonka Beans into your creams, syrups, rum and savoury dishes to sublimate your recipes

Food pairings: Poultry, Fish/Crustaceans/Seafood, Chocolate desserts, cream.

Dosage: Grate the bean until the desired strength is achieved

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

Packaging: Resealable bag - 20g equals approximately 10-12 Tonka beans.

"Half a Tonka bean makes the difference. It was love at first sight! "

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  • What's Tonka Bean?

    The Tonka bean is the seed contained in the fruit of the Dypterix 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 onto the ground and is picked and dried. When opening the fruit, which looks like a small mango, we discover ebony-coloured beans.

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

    Harvesting Tonka Beans from the Amazon

    The Dipteryx Odorata is an emerging tree (that stands out from the other trees) that is also called Brazilian teak. It can reach almost 30 meters.

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

    To harvest the bean that in Brazil is called "Cumaru", the shell must be broken. A good quality tonka bean is about 3 cm long and 1 cm wide.

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

    My goal: to offer you a quality you can't find elsewhere in stores or on the Internet


    The origins of the tonka bean

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

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

    For a long time neglected in our kitchens, the tonka bean was mainly used in pastry making. Today, it has established itself as a bewitching spice and seduces the greatest chefs.

    The tonka bean nowadays

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

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

    Other uses

    The tonka bean isn't just for 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. The tonka bean is also used to perfume the linen by slipping small bags of beans into the linen cloths.

    The tonka bean is also considered a good luck charm by the Amazonian Indians.

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

    How to use the tonka bean in the kitchen?

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

    You can use it in any recipe that requires vanilla. As far as its dosage is concerned, you will have to be sparing with the Tonka Bean from Brazil, as its aromatic power will be even stronger when your preparation is cooled. 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'll work miracles!


    Our recipe ideas with tonka bean

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

    The starter: Carpaccio of scallops

    A light entry that respects the product! The tonka bean brings an aroma of almond and vanilla. Thinly slice your scallops, 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 broken tonka beans. Slice in the fat of the duck breast. Make a notch along the length of your duck breast without cutting it completely in half. Insert well seasoned semi-cooked foie gras. Cook the duck breast skin side down 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: Grilled exotic fruits and tonka beans skewer

    Pineapple, mango, peaches... here, fruit is eaten hot. Cut them into squares and prick them on a skewer. Grill them over high heat. They have to stand firm. Add some grated tonka beans after grilling. It will bring a gourmet note to this light dessert.


    How do I store the tonka bean?

    The tonka bean should be kept in an airtight container, preferably a jar. It should be kept dry, away from heat and light. It is grated like a nutmeg and can be put back into its container once it has been opened.

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

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