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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 in your creams, syrups, rum and savoury dishes to sublimate your recipes

Cooking association : Poultry, Fish/Seafood, Desserts, Chocolate, Cream, Syrups.

Dosage: Grate the bean until you get the desired strength..

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

Packaging: Custom-made freshness sachet (100g equals approximately 60 Tonka beans).

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

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  • What is the Tonka Bean?

    The Tonka bean is the seed contained in the fruit of the Dypterix Odorata, a tree that can grow up to 30 metres high. It is also known as coumarou, coumaron or coumarin.

    Once ripe, the fruit falls from the top of the canopy onto the ground and is picked up and dried. When opening the fruit, which resembles a small mango, we discover ebony-coloured beans.

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

    The harvest of 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 nearly 30 meters.

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

    To harvest the bean that in Brazil is called "Cumaru", you have to break the hull. 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 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 in color. They develop aromas of caramel, vanilla and coffee

    My goal: to offer you a quality not found 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 its name in 1775. It is a French scientist, Jean-Baptiste Aublet who introduced it to Mauritius by planting a Brazilian teak.

    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 linen. 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 today

    The production of the tonka bean is highly dependent on the climate. Currently, it varies between 60 and 100 tons per year. One 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 when the beans are dried.

    Other uses

    The tonka bean is 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. The tonka bean is also used to perfume clothes by slipping small bags of beans into linen cloths.

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

    Did you know it? 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 Brazilian Tonka Bean presents an aromatic palette oriented towards sweet and sensual notes that spontaneously lead us to tasty sweet desserts, you can also use it in many savoury recipes.

    You can use it in all recipes that require the use of 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 Brazilian Tonka Bean is undeniably an economical 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 soft and sweet aromas of the tonka bean in your kitchen? Here are a few culinary ideas that should please you!

    The starter: Scallop carpaccio

    A light starter that respects the product! The tonka bean brings an aroma of almond and vanilla. Thinly slice your scallops, salt, pepper and grate a little tonka bean. A delight!

    The dish : Duck breast with pepper and tonka sauce

    A rustic dish softened with a few broken tonka beans. Slice in the fat of the duck breast. Make a cut along the length of your duck breast without cutting it completely in half. Insert some well seasoned semi-cooked foie gras. Cook the duck breast skin side down on a high heat. Once cooked, grate some tonka beans in the meat juice. Add a few black pepper berries. Leave to thicken. Coat your duck breast with the sauce. Serve with a few small roasted potatoes.

    The dessert: Grilled exotic fruit 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 must remain firm. Add a little grated tonka bean after grilling. It will add a gourmet note to this light dessert.


    How to store the tonka bean?

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

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

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    Corinne D. published the 24/11/2020 following an order made on 08/11/2020


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    Conforme à mes attentes, très bien

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    Patricia C. published the 18/11/2020 following an order made on 26/10/2020


    Produit que je ne connaissais pas et qui parfume délicieusement les desserts.

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    Valerie F. published the 14/11/2020 following an order made on 30/10/2020


    Les fèves de tonka sont de très bonnes qualité... Un vrai bonheur pour mes préparations

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    Excellente qualité

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    Emballage soigneux. Les fèves sont de très bonne qualité et riches en arôme. Excellent rapport qualité/prix.

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