What does Tonka bean taste like ?

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Do you know the Tonka bean? Of plant origin, the Tonka bean has recently become an essential ingredient in gastronomy and is used in the preparation of sweet and savory dishes.

The Tonka bean comes to us from Latin America and grows in tropical environments. The harvest is done on the ground and the seeds are dried for almost 1 year. This explains its subtle aroma that sails between caramel and vanilla.

What does Tonka bean taste like? Sambavanilla tells you more about it in this article and to help you understand why this spice appeals to more than one, we offer you a quick and easy recipe.

The taste of Tonka bean

The Tonka bean has a relatively complex taste. We can describe it as a mixture of nuts and spices. You will find notes of almonds, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves among others.

The taste of the Tonka bean is very intense, so you should use it sparingly. Too high a dose of this spice will be toxic for your body, but properly consumed, it will help you fight fatigue and loss of tone.

In the kitchen, when preparing your meals, you can either infuse it and use water to prepare your dish or grate the Tonka bean (as with nutmeg). Do not worry ! Even in small doses, its sweet taste and aroma will enhance your preparation. It goes very well with chocolate, vanilla, coconut and fruit. If you are about to make a dessert, consider this ingredient with a spellbinding aroma.

Tonka bean recipe

As promised, here is a quick and easy recipe to introduce you to the Tonka bean.

Vanilla cream and Tonka bean

Les Ingredients for 6 persons:

  • 50 cl Milk
  • 5 cl Whole liquid cream
  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 1 grated half tonka bean
  • 80 g Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Yellow of egg
  • 20 g Cornstarch


In a saucepan, pour the milk and the liquid cream, add the grated half tonka bean and the two split and scraped vanilla pods. Bring to boil.

Whisk the sugar with the eggs until white. Add the cornstarch (preferably sifted to avoid lumps).

After boiling, pour the first preparation in a stream over the sugar and eggs while whisking. Return to low heat, stirring constantly until thickened.

Pour into small jars and store in the refrigerator until tasting..

Source : cuisineactuelle.fr

The good news is that you can find the two star ingredients: Vanilla and Tonka bean in our shop !

Sambavanilla: online grocery store

If you want to buy the Tonka bean, Sambavanilla invites you to take a tour of its online store. We can send you up to 100 Tonka beans and those who ordered from us are happy!

Sambavanilla selects the best vanilla and spices for you! Always close to our partners, we remain in direct contact with them. You can therefore count on us to obtain superior quality products, because our entire team masters production from A to Z until the products are sent to our customers.

For more information, we invite you to contact us !

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