Tonka Beans (Dipteryx odorata) - Venezuela

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Tonka Beans (whole) (Dipteryx odorata) from Venezuela & other South American counties are the seeds from the large tropical tonka tree, which prefers warm and damp climates.  Trees can reach 120 feet tall and a single tree can yield an approximate kilogram of beans! Our supplier is a family owned business who values sustainability, as well as socially conscious endeavors.

The fragrance is reminiscent of sweet, freshly cut meadow or reminiscent of vanilla. Some say it has cinnamon notes! Tonka beans have a high coumarin content, which provides a sweet, herb-like fragrance. Tonka beans were and may still be used as an alternative to vanilla and are used to flavor tobaccos and snuffs, however the FDA does not approve tonka beans for culinary use in the United States.

The essential oil is widely used in the perfume industry as a fixative. Tonka beans are often used in sachets and potpourri. They are said to lighten one's mood and encourage emotional balancing. In some cultures, the seeds are used in necklaces.

In addition to culinary & fragrance uses, tonka beans were used in bygone eras to treat a variety of medical ailments from whooping cough to stomach ailments. Of course, we do not recommend any ingesting of tonka beans.

Use in small amounts.

Medical Disclaimer: Our expertise lies in incense making and fragrance. Information contained on these pages is solely for your enjoyment. We can not provide medical advice or recipes as we are not health professionals. Before ingesting anything that is not food, we strongly suggest seeking counsel from a licensed health practitioner.