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Cumaru Hardwood Floors and Magic Beans

Magic beans.

Yes, actual magic beans!

Well, OK. Maybe not actual ones. Technically, we’re probably going to have to go with purportedly magic beans.

But, here’s a mythical tidbit that maybe you didn’t know about when it comes to cumaru hardwood flooring. There is an actual connection between them, and beans of a magical variety.

One of the products of the cumaru species  is the humble tonka seed, which is noted for its aroma that is roughly comparable to vanilla, or cinnamon. Because it’s such as sweet smelling bean, it’s used as an ingredient in natural soap making, and in the perfume industry. In some countries it’s used in cooking, although not legally in the United States, since it hasn’t got FDA approval – at least not to date.

Tonka Beans (Source: Fred Benenson)

The tonka bean contains a substance called coumarin, which is what gives the tonka bean its unique aroma, and is believed by some to have healing powers when crushed and made into a broth. Hmmm. This sounds suspiciously like the coffee bean, which is also a magic bean, and with many proven medicinal uses –  like using it to stop being crabby in the morning, for instance.

The lucky bean

But, it’s the mythological properties of the tonka bean that make this product of the cumaru species the most interesting. Here’s what you have to do, according to legend.

1) Hold the tonka bean in your hand.

2) Make your wish, ask for true love, or good luck.

3) Carry the bean with you, while your wish/true love/good luck is being processed (6-8 weeks for delivery).

4) When you get what you’re after, take the bean and plant it.

There are some variations on these instructions, depending on your source. Another version of this  says make a wish, and then stomp the tonka bean  into powder. Another is to make the wish, and then bury the bean immediately. The wish comes true, or the luck or love grows, as the new cumaru tree does.

I kind of like that last version, since it’s a stealthy way for the species to continue even if the whole wish/true love/good luck thing  doesn’t work out.  Of course, responsible harvesting of the cumaru species and regulation of the industry helps quite a bit with this, too.

Natural cumaru hardwood flooring

Cumaru hardwood flooring

Of course beyond the magical properties of the beans, Cumaru (aka Brazilian teak)  is a species that also provides the basis for some of the hardest materials for wood flooring there is.  It’s unique for a lot of reasons, particularly that it tends to get lighter over time due to photosensitivity, not darker. This should be taken into account when you’re planning an interior design. But, the detailed grain patterns offer a hardwood floor that you don’t see as much as other options in solid wood flooring , which builds potential to make whatever space you’ve got in mind for it  a conversation piece. If you’re trying to sell a house, or just trying to impress a lot of people, cumaru is a great option.

Flooring and magic beans – what a sequé!

There is so much potential at this point to link cumaru hardwood flooring with the magic tonka bean here as a kind of snappy closing tag. It’s hard to choose just one direction to go in here.

But, I’m going to go with the obvious; that just like the magic bean, cumaru wood floors have the power to make interior transformation wishes come true.

How was that?

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