Absent, except for cross-contamination.
May contain traces of sesame, celery, mustard, soy.
- Origin Brazil
- Storage / Use In a cool, dark, dry place.
Olivier Rœllinger's words
They can be used the same way as vanilla, in milk-based desserts, custards and creamy rice pudding, but also in stewed fruit and tarts.
I particularly like Tonka beans in a chocolate sauce or with stewed rhubarb, but also in a shellfish or seashell broth with a slight suggestion of chili.
Indigenous peoples in Brazil were the first to use tonka beans to flavor their tobacco; the Amsterdamer tobacco company borrowed this idea for their product as well.
Perfumers were the first to launch tonka beans in Europe (Guerlain’s Shalimar) before they were discovered by pastry chefs at the start of the 21st century.