Tonka Beans are the seeds of a species of flowering tree native to South America called Dipteryx odorata. It is an intensely aromatic spice, with flavours reminiscent of vanilla, almond and/or marzipan, cinnamon and cloves, and we like to call it ‘the dessert spice’.
Tonka Beans can be used in creme caramels, macaroons, shortbread biscuits, ice creams and chocolate making. If you have never used this lovely spice, give it a try – you will be delighted with the results!
To use, simply grind the bean using a nutmeg grater.