Tonkabohnen (Dipteryx odorata)
Hardly any spice enchants us more than the almond-shaped seeds of the tonka tree. The essential oils of the tonka beans exude a scent of almonds, vanilla, amaretto, woodruff and fresh hay and bewitch our senses. The spice is said to have an aphrodisiac and even hypnotic effect due to the high coumarin content it contains. The tonka bean is often used as a vanilla substitute. Due to its very special character with a finely tart note, the tonka bean should not be reduced exclusively to sweet dishes. Tonka should be used very sparingly as a spice. Depending on the use, for milk-based desserts it is advisable to boil the beans in milk for a few minutes or to grate them a little with a nutmeg grater.