The Caribbean Dictionary

tanko bean
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Refers to the fruit of Dipteryx odorata (commonly known as "cumaru" or "kumaru") which is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, that is native to the Orinoco region of northern South America. Its seeds are known as tonka beans. They are black and wrinkled and have a smooth, brown interior. Their fragrance is reminiscent of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon, and cloves.
tanko bean
Felix Padilla Aug 23, 2014
It's Tonka Bean
Davy ST'Cyr Mar 06, 2016
since I came to the us 54 years ago and never seen it nor eaten, I always thought it was a mango baked in syrup to modify the taste, but I know better now.thanks for the information
diesales Nov 27, 2016
This is one of my favorite fruits from Trinidad, however, it seems so rear in Trinidad or anywhere else. Can anyone tell me where I can purchase or get clippings? This is a fruit I would hate to see extinguished. Thanks
K.Lewis Mar 18, 2017
They have trees in abundance in Chatham Trinidad thats after Point Fortin heading towards Cedros
Decklon morris Jun 05, 2017
The northern range forest is filled with lots of is in season right now. I picked up alot of the fruit while hiking to rincon waterfall three days ago.
Christopher Jun 14, 2017
It's tanka bean
Kerwyn Jun 14, 2017
Had a tree in my back yard when i was younger in San Juan. it smells really good.
mahindra Ganga May 11, 2018
what nutritional food value does it contain
Bajanese Sep 01, 2018
They use it a lot in perfumery as a base scent/ notes.
Helen Sep 13, 2019
You can grate it and mix it with sweetbread ingredients.
Rey Sep 28, 2019
Tango bean fruit itself is ok and delicious but the seeds called Tonka beans contains a chemical that is bad for your liver if you consume too much, we used to grate it to mix in with homemade chocolate, it’s been banned in the USA for a long time because the seeds contributed to liver damage.
Bobby Sep 19, 2021
tonka bean
Marlon Dec 03, 2021
Alcohol is bad for your liver. I don't see them banning alcohol. Maybe Tanko bean will hurt one of their prized industries like the dairy or sugar industry. This fruit taste and smells great. Leave ppls liver out of this. Kill joy Rey
Eric Jan 06, 2022
Where the hell most of you guys come from? You can't be Caribbean people. I am shock of some of you. You were born New Yorkers
Kareem Jan 21, 2023
Yeah it smells nice but overbearing like a sweet slightly gasoline or plastic smell almost, if you eat one in a room everyone will smell it, the seed can also be cleaned and combed to become like a white fluffy ball..