Vanilla Beans (Tahitian)

The most vanilla-flavored vanilla. Reliable, strong, and perfect for every situation.
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Vanilla Beans

The biggest and fattest vanilla beans, Tahitian beans have a very reliable vanilla flavor and are excellent all-purpose beans. However, you’ll find that when fresh they possess unique flavors of fig, licorice, and chocolate. We love to use these for making homemade extracts but they also do remarkably well in jams, sauces, preserves, and cocktails.

Vanilla beans are one of the most unique, cherished, and utilized spices in the culinary world. In fact, one might say it well beats out saffron in each of these categories when you consider how nearly every home baker would fall into a state of collapse if their vanilla suddenly vanished.

Vanilla beans are actually derived from orchid plants. The vanilla orchid flower isn’t a fancy one; it’s rather skinny, with no inflorescence, and a pale yellow pallor that can hardly be considered appealing. Yet the orchids of the genus Vanilla aren’t prized for their looks but the seed pods they produce. These seed pods are packed with vanillin – the fragrant organic compound responsible for vanilla flavor.

Vanilla orchids require exhaustive effort and attention. To begin, they only grow in very specific climates and are notoriously sensitive, even with years of selective breeding to toughen them up. The plants are carefully grafted and trellised, then the flowers pollinated by hand. It then takes the seed pods six months to form and mature before they can be harvested. The pods then go through a complicated and extensive curing process that lasts another six months before being graded for quality based on size, appearance, moisture content, and aroma before being sold.

Vanilla bean fans that we are we only sell the highest quality vanilla beans. You’ll find each one to be fat, black, fragrant and wet. In other words: perfect.

More Information
Grade Grade A (Gourmet/Premium/Prime)
Length 6-7 inches (16cm - 17.5cm)
Color Black
Moisture Content 30-35%
Flavor Profile cherries, heady, floral, fruity, sweet
Basic Preparation To use a vanilla bean, cut each end off from the vanilla bean and slice through the vanilla bean lengthwise, remove the paste from inside the vanilla bean and use as needed.
Recommended Applications
  • Use in a variety of cooking and baking applications, including vanilla sugar, sweet sauces, ice cream, cakes and cookies, and homemade vanilla extract
  • Use vanilla seeds to add a gourmet visual cue to ice cream, custards and crème brûlées
  • Add to coffee grinds for vanilla-flavored coffee, or add pods to sugar to make vanilla sugar
Ingredients Vanilla Beans
Product Style Whole
Shelf Life 1 year
Handling / Storage Store in a cool, dry place.
Country of Origin French Polynesia
Allergen Information None Specified

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