Tonka Beans (Dipteryx odorata)
Tonka beans are the fruits of the tonka bean tree (Dipteryx odorata) from the subfamily of the papilionaceous plants and are native to northern South America, it reaches a height of 25 - 30 m. Tonka beans have a sweetish, slightly bitter taste similar to vanilla and are therefore used as a vanilla substitute. Tonka beans are used in cooking and perfume production.
In South America, the tonka bean is said to have magical and healing powers, as a protective amulet against illness, in the purse for prosperity and success, and to fulfil wishes. They have a vanilla-like scent and act like balm for the soul. They help with depression, anxiety, restlessness and nervousness.