Cumaru: Meet the Amazonian Seed

 Cumaru: Meet the Amazonian Seed

Lena Fisher

A cumaru is a typical seed from the Brazilian Amazon, whose name comes from the Tupi language. It is considered a legume and its properties provide health benefits.

Also called cumbaru bean and, internationally, more commonly called tonka This seed is known for its flavor and aroma similar to vanilla. Amazonian vanilla ".

Properties of cumaru

In principle, this seed ( Dipteryx odorata ) is most commonly used in the tobacco industry, but it can also be used in cooking and cosmetics, because its seeds have a sweet smell and are aromatic.

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Hard to find, since most of the production is destined for export, the cumaru bean goes to the kitchen in the form of infusion or alcohol, but its main use is medicinal.

Thus, the most notable properties of this rich seed are: its action against snake bites, in the healing of skin cuts, as well as in the treatment of coughs and headaches.

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How to consume cumaru

A single fava bean can flavor about 2 liters of milk or cream in the production of desserts. Its flavoring power corresponds to that of two vanilla beans. It can be applied in:

  • Sweets (example: cumaru brigadeiro)
  • Teas, juices and other drinks
  • Vitamins, shakes and coffee
  • Replaces cinnamon and vanilla

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Care in consumption

Despite its benefits and strong properties, it is important to pay attention to some precautions when consuming the seed. Thus, there are studies that prove that, in certain situations, the Cumaru bean can be fatal. This is because, in large quantities, it can be highly intoxicating and lead to death. Thus, despite the benefits of the seed, it should always be used in moderation, given its danger.

Its toxicity is explained by its abundance in coumarin However, there are no recorded deaths related to high coumarin intake, but it is known to be toxic primarily to the liver, an organ that plays an important role in filtering out toxins, so 1/4 of a seed per day may be a safe amount to consume, but this may vary by body.

Lena Fisher

Lena Fisher is a wellness enthusiast, certified nutritionist, and author of the popular health and well-being blog. With over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition and health coaching, Lena has dedicated her career to helping people achieve their optimal health and live their best life possible. Her passion for wellness has led her to explore various approaches to achieving overall health, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices. Lena's blog is a culmination of her years of research, experience, and personal journey towards finding balance and well-being. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to make positive changes in their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. When she's not writing or coaching clients, you can find Lena practicing yoga, hiking the trails, or experimenting with new healthy recipes in the kitchen.