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tonka bean

(tŏng′kə)
n.
1. A tropical South American tree (Dipteryx odorata) in the pea family, having pulpy, egg-shaped, one-seeded pods with fragrant seeds containing coumarin.
2. The seed of this tree, formerly widely used as a flavoring for food or tobacco. Extracts from tonka beans have been banned as food additives in the United States.

tonka bean (tängˑ·k bēnˑ),

n Latin name:
Dipteryx odorata; parts used: fruits, seeds; uses: antiemetic, antinausea, aphrodisiac, possible uses in treating lymphedema and cancer; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients taking anticoagulant medications; labeled as unsafe by the FDA. Also called
cumaru, tonka seed, tonquin bean, or
torquin bean.
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It is the little things, dotted around the kitchen in small tubes and pots, in which he has an obvious delight in sharing with visitors, like the small tub of Latin American Tonka beans, a vanilla-scented bean which is illegal in the US due to its small content of toxin, coumarin.
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Additives containing coumarin (an odour-giving substance extracted from the tonka bean, the fruit of a tree found in the tropical region of Latin America), found in cinnamon and used in sugar confectionery, may be harmful for health in high doses, a European Commission spokesman reported on January 18.
A delightful pretending posh and, time out failing They left me feeling so full, I had little room for such dessert triumphs as "gooseberry compote, tonka bean brulee and caramelised oats.
Beauty ed: Tonka bean is a bit like vanilla and it comes through a lot here, making this a warm, sweet, pleasing fragrance.
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