Category: fragrance agents. Recommendation for dipteryx odorata bean extract flavor usage levels up to: not for flavor use. Identity. Top of page. Preferred Scientific Name. Dipteryx odorata (Aubl.) Willd. Preferred Common Name. tonka bean. Other Scientific Names. Dipteryx odorata is a large tree endemic to South America; it is found in Brasil, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, French Guyana, Honduras, and Venezuela. It has a.

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A coumarin-like flavouring can be extracted from the seed through a process of fermentation[ 46]. Each developed fruit contains one seed. The wood is used extensively for cogs and shafts, heavy construction, turnery, fishing dkpteryx, paving blocks, barge and dock odorrata, and flooring.

Prefers a pH in the range 5. Like a number of other plants, the tonka bean plant probably produces coumarin as a defense chemical. If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.

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When ingested, these can cause damage to the heart and liver and cause cancer[ ]. From conflict of use to multiple use: You can unsubscribe at anytime.

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Open fruit with seed in middle Photograph by: For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page. There are only few spicy recipes that make use of tonka beans, but Italian-style tomato sauce with tonka beans is truly great.


Etymology The word tonka is taken from the Galibi Carib tongue spoken by natives of French Guayana; it also appears in Tupi, another language of the same region, as the name of the tree. The tree is native to Central America and northern South America.

The seed contains coumarin, which is used in perfume and for flavouring tobacco and whisky[ ]. Succeeds in full sun or light shade[ ].

Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. See also cassia for coumarin limits in German food laws. Tonquin is still used today to flavor some pipe tobaccos, such as Samuel Gawith ” Flake.

Typically, a few beans suffice to flavour one kg of these desserts. Odroata have a strong fragrance similar to sweet woodruff Galium odoratum due to their high content of coumarin. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Trees can commence production when just two years old if carefully cultivated, taking 7 diptergx 10 years without cultivation[ ]. A decoction of the seed and sugar is used as a cold remedy[ ]. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We are currently updating this section.


Tonka Bean, Brazilian Teak. It is known for its seeds that are black and wrinkled, and have a strong fragrance due to high coumarin content. Coumarin is toxic and causes serious though reversible liver damage in high dosages or if applied regularly over some time; toxic doses range around one gram, but some individuals are more suceptible. For other sweet spices, see licorice. This species has a symbiotic ododata with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen.

Publisher Tropenbos-Guyana Programme; Georgetown, Pdorata Year ISBN Description A very detailed study of the peoples and the plants they use, it includes a field guide to almost species of useful plants.

Dipteryx odorata – Useful Tropical Plants

This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Anthostomella abdita, Diatrype ruficarnis, Macrophoma calvuligera and Myiocopron cubense. Readable yet also very detailed. A cold water infusion of the leaves is used as an ear wash to treat earache[ ].

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