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Tonka Beans

Original price $18.95 - Original price $18.95
Original price
$18.95 - $18.95
Current price $18.95
Size: 30 g / 1.06 oz

Like vanilla, tonka beans (dipteryx odorata) are all about fragrance or fragrance expressed as flavour; if you have a poor sense of smell, you might wonder what all the fuss is about. The first impression is vanilla, followed by bitter almond, cherry pits, maybe a hint of cloves, with a pervasive overall bitter-sweetness, like caramel, or burnt sugar. It is lovely in ice cream, crème brûlée, panna cotta, and such; compliments pretty much anything that vanilla does chocolate, fruits, nuts and vanilla itself. And like vanilla, it is also lovely, used with restraint, in savoury dishes such as braised meat and poultry (a spin on poule à vanille perhaps), delicate seafood dishes (scallops, lobster), in mayo, mashed potatoes…Also brilliant in drinks and cocktails; it is used in Berliner weisse, and it would be very interesting in dark spirit-based cocktails. To use, grate as you would nutmeg, either to infuse in a liquid or apply directly atop to finish. Oddly, tonka beans are not legal for consumption in the U.S. because they contain coumarin, which gives them their fragrance, and which, in impossibly high quantities, is toxic.

About South China Seas

About South China Seas

Since 1994, South China Seas has spent over 30 years sourcing the most intense and flavourful spices from around the world. We grind, blend and package our spices in Vancouver, Canada. Our ever-growing collection of spices, herbs and blends represents our passion for global flavours & exploring international cultures through food. 

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