Tonka beans have a very distinctive, vanilla-like aroma and are therefore mainly used in the preparation of desserts.
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Tonka beans are the seeds of the fruit of the tonka tree, which originates from South America. To produce the final product, the dried seeds are soaked in rum, which triggers a fermentation that develops the complex aroma of the beans.
Only recently have brown tonka beans become fashionable among amateur chefs. The strong, sweet scent and vanilla-like aroma of the beans make them an ideal partner for desserts. They go perfectly with panna cotta, rice pudding, crème brulée and other creamy desserts. Tonka beans are also often used in Baumkuchen.
Tonka beans naturally contain coumarin, which is suspected of causing liver damage in a certain risk group. People with known coumarin intolerance should therefore refrain from eating them.
Due to the natural coumarin content of the beans, we advise against excessive consumption. However, no harm is expected in doses typical of spices.
Sweet, vanilla-like aroma
Vanilla, cinnamon, cane sugar, lemon peel.