Vanilla Bean whole


Product description

The vanilla bean, or pod, is the long slender fruit of the vanilla orchid. Each pod contains thousands of seeds. It is one of the most expensive spices due to its complex and long curing process, particularly due to the orchid only flowering once per year. Vanilla beans are used in most of the world’s cuisines. The dried pods are crinkly, black and oily. They are the purest and most potent form of vanilla and can be reused to steep in liquid until losing their flavour, or the seeds inside can be scraped out and the pod discarded. It has a floral aroma and a smooth caramel flavour. The best beans are air dried to a moisture content of 22-  25%.

Other products are: vanilla bean pure extract and vanilla sugar.



Culinary Notes :

Vanilla bean are  commonly used in sweet dishes, however they can be also used in savory dishes such as lobster entrees.

  • Open the bean lengthwise and scrape out the tiny seeds to add to any variety of sweet treats
  • Cook your dishes with the entire pod and remove before serving.
  • Add a whole Vanilla Bean to a steeping liquid to infuse the flavour (some ideas include stewing fruit or infusing milk for custard).
  • Add a vanilla pod into your sugar jar for a beautiful vanilla flavour and to keep your sugar aromatically fresh.

Health benefits:

Vanilla contains essentials oils, vitamins and minerals. It contains small amounts of B-complex, niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6. These vitamins help the nervous system function and regulating body metabolism. Vanilla also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc.

Recipe/ product links:

chai banana cake

Country of origin:

Tahiti – other countries include Papau New Guinea, Central America, Indonesia, Mexico, and West Indies

Other names: Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Pod, Vanilla Extract, Vanilla planifolia, Fructus Vanillae, Vanille (French & German), Vaniglia (Italian), Vainilla(Spanish)

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