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.