Tonka beans - the exotic treasure
Tonka beans are not beans, but the seeds of the tonka tree. These are surrounded by fruits, which, however, taste very bitter. The seeds, which resemble almonds in shape but are black in color, are quite different. The special thing about these seeds is that they offer a very distinctive aroma and are an absolute hit as an exotic delicacy in any dessert. Flavor-wise, they remind of vanilla, marzipan and even some cedar is said to be involved. If the tonka bean was previously used mainly by patissiers, it is increasingly finding its way into our kitchens. If you like to cook sweet, bake or prepare desserts, you should simply try tonka beans.
Tonka beans - from the Amazon to the wide world
The tonka tree originally comes from South America, more precisely from the Amazon. In the meantime, however, it is also cultivated in other countries. From there, the harvested seeds begin their journey into the kitchens of this world. Tonka beans are used in a similar way to nutmeg. You should have a small grater with which you can make a rubbing. So the dosing is also playfully possible. But beware: Tonka beans are very intense in taste, which is why you should start with a little. If you are somewhat practiced and know the taste well, you will also be able to better assess the intensity of the flavors. Because too much abrasion of the tonka beans in the dessert and already the taste becomes too dominant.
Tonka beans - not only suitable for desserts
Tonka beans are particularly suitable for desserts such as cakes, pies, jams, pralines, ice cream, pudding, crème brûlée, semolina porridge, rice porridge, fruit salad, soufflés and cookies. But tonka beans also combine well with savory dishes, maybe you feel like giving this a try? Tonka beans are often used in fish dishes, with shellfish, in vegetables, in curries and in chutneys. With us you get whole tonka beans, which you still have to grate. We also offer spice blends, such as the Young Kitchen Sweet Tonka Kiss spice, in which tonka beans are already included as a grated ingredient.