Deep in the Amazonian forest, the Coumarou, a gigantic tree that feeds the “green lung” of the earth, produces orange fruit that resemble mangos. When mature, this fruit produces red oblong seeds the size of an almond, known as Tonka beans. They are dried for nearly a year and then submerged in strong alcohol for 24 h.
Tonka beans have aromas of sweet almond, vanilla, caramel, and sometimes coffee.The taste is warm and sensual with a light bitterness similar to cocoa. Grated Tonka bean is used in compotes, chocolate, ice cream, panna cotta, creme brulee, custard or simply cakes. With savory dishes try tonka with pumpkin soups, sweet potatoeas , scallops or souffles.