The tonka bean is native to Venezuela and has spread in Brazil over decades. The wood of the tonka tree is a popular raw material in the production of furniture and, in recent years, the seed of the fruit has also managed to gain popularity both among gourmets and in the perfume sector due to its intensive almond, marzipan and vanilla notes.
From the Amazon forests
The fruit is harvested by indigenous peoples (in our case the Quilombolas) in the Amazon forests. In small drying houses, the tonka bean is then dried, and the seed is removed and dried until its surface is covered by wrinkles. The tonka bean is then put into small boats and transported to the harbours.
Certified organic product
In 2017/18, some restricted areas in Brazil, where plants may grow wildly, could be certified organic for the first time.