September 7, 2003
October 10, 2003
Tonka beans taste quite similar to vanilla. It could very well be that they are related to O'theobroma cacao. I had a look and taste of one at a restaurant once, that was before I knew what cocoa beans look like, but I recall they have more or less the same shape and size. They are incredibly expensive, the waitress that gave us the taste told that a jar (less than 1 litre) of tonka beans costed approx 250 eur (and she risked loosing her job if her boss caught her ...).
L'Artisan du Chocolat makes a wonderful milk chocolate (of Valrhona Jivara) with Tonka beans.
"Man cannot live by chocolate alone - but woman can." (Unknown)
August 1, 2006
The tonka bean's botanical designation is Coumarouna odorata and belongs to the Fabaceae Family, which also includes such favorites as lentils, peas, licorice, fenugreek, and the beloved peanut. To further expand on its botanical family tree, this family belongs to the Order Fabales, which are basically legumes. So, any plant existing within this order is by definition a legume.
Theobroma cacao belongs to the Sterculiaceae Family. Tonka beans are often used as a vanilla substitute and have been used in potpourri, tobacco, food, and drinks. They also are said to have calming affects. It runs about $4/gr here.
I wonder what tonka would taste like paired with Pralus Indonesia....
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