Tonka Beans

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20g £25.00/100g £5.00 Qty.
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Origin: Brazil
SKU: TR0016
Minimum Shelf Life: 9 months
Technique: Patisserie
Recipe Ideas: Tonka Bean Ice Cream Recipe



Tonka beans bring complex vanilla, coconut, sour cherry, clove and liquorice flavours to dishes.Tonka beans are the flat, dark, wrinkled seed from giant Cumaru trees in South America. Soft when harvested, tonka beans slowly dry out over months of storage, making the almond-shaped seed or bean firm and easy to grate, like a nutmeg.

Tonka beans are used widely in French cuisine, popular with top patissiers for elaborate desserts, commonly paired with creams and custards. The bitter, aromatic tonka bean has been banned in various countries, including until recently the United States, with chefs smuggling it into the country to perfume their dishes. Coumarin contained by the beans can be toxic if used in extremely high quantities – but in normal cooking, tonka beans are a delicious ingredient when treated with respect and used in moderation. 

Try grating quarter of a bean over scallops or use in savoury soufflés. Tonka beans also bring complex aromas to sweets such as panna cottas and ice creams – and can even be infused into spirits.

You might also like a nutmeg grater for grating the beans.

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