Herbs & Spices
Botanical Source & Cultivation
Vanilla planifolia. Vanilla orchids bloom for only a day, during which they must be pollinated by hand. After the plants have produced their pods, they must be checked daily so that each pod is harvested at just the right time. After harvest, the pods go through an elaborate process of being killed, sweated, dried, and conditioned in order to maximize the flavor and fragrance.
Appearance, Aroma & Flavour
Long rich brown vanilla beans between 6.5 and 8 inches in length with a sweet buttery aroma. Moisture content between 28 and 35%. Bourbon Madagascar vanilla beans are superior with a rich, buttery sweet flavour.
Creme brulee, pudding, vanilla ice cream or any other desserts calling for real vanilla flavor. To produce vanilla extract the whole pods may be tinctured in strong alcohol and aged.
Storage & Shelf Life
Store airtight in a cool, dry place and these pods should stay good for up to 1 year.