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Nutmeg grows on a tree called nutmeg tree.
It corresponds to the kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg tree.
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The tonka bean is a seed that comes from a tropical tree called "Dipteryx odorata" which can grow up to 30m heigth. This tree also produces a very hard wood better known as Teak.
The fruits are shaped like a small mango and are harvested at the end of winter. Tonka beans are the seeds of fruits that are dried for almost a year.
The preparation process is similar to that of cocoa beans with a first stage of fermentation of the beans inside the fruit. This first step is essential and will give a brown color to the beans.
The beans are then separated from the surrounding fruit and are gradually dried in the shade and then in the sun. Their refining will last for almost a year.
The Tonka bean can be used whole in marinades, infusions or prepared rum mixes.
In most dishes, it is grated or ground.
Pay attention to the dosage because the taste of the tonka bean is quite powerful.
The aromas of the Tonka bean are reminiscent of those of vanilla, caramel or even cocoa.
Tonka beans are generally used in sweet preparations, but they are also very suitable to enhance the taste of certain meats such as veal and poultry.
Tonka beans don't just have culinary uses. They are also widely used in the perfume sector.
Did you know that tonka bean can help fight fatigue and loss of tone? It also helps calm coughs and relieve sore throats.
Be careful not to overdo it because it can be toxic if you consume it in high doses due to its high coumarin content.
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