Whole Beans

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans Bulk Sizes

Cultivated and cured on the Bourbon Island of Madagascar, each vanilla bean is hand-selected for its freshness and rich fragrance. The bean’s sweet, creamy flavor and velvety after-tones work perfectly in any number of cooking and baking applications (not to mention cold and frozen desserts). And, the use of actual vanilla seeds adds a gourmet visual delight to such dishes as ice cream, custards and crème brûlées.

Delicious vanilla flavor is found in both the bean and the seeds, so try to use both. Simply split the bean and scrape the seeds into your dish, which will also give your dishes the irresistible visual appeal of real vanilla seeds. You can simmer the whole bean in milk, cream or another liquid and pour the mixture into your dish. As long as the bean still possesses its characteristic aroma and is moist and pliable, you can rinse, dry and use it again.

Equivalences

1 tablespoon vanilla extract = 1 whole vanilla bean = 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste = 1 tablespoon vanilla powder

Whole Beans

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans Bulk Sizes

Cultivated and cured on the Bourbon Island of Madagascar, each vanilla bean is hand-selected for its freshness and rich fragrance. The bean’s sweet, creamy flavor and velvety after-tones work perfectly in any number of cooking and baking applications (not to mention cold and frozen desserts). And, the use of actual vanilla seeds adds a gourmet visual delight to such dishes as ice cream, custards and crème brûlées.

Delicious vanilla flavor is found in both the bean and the seeds, so try to use both. Simply split the bean and scrape the seeds into your dish, which will also give your dishes the irresistible visual appeal of real vanilla seeds. You can simmer the whole bean in milk, cream or another liquid and pour the mixture into your dish. As long as the bean still possesses its characteristic aroma and is moist and pliable, you can rinse, dry and use it again.

Equivalences

1 tablespoon vanilla extract = 1 whole vanilla bean = 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste = 1 tablespoon vanilla powder

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Wholesale/Retail

  • 2-bean vials (12 vials to a case)

Foodservice and Industrial

  • Bulk by the pound
  • Sweet ideas: crème anglaise, crème brûlée, custards, puddings, yogurt, gelato, ice cream
  • Savory ideas: glazes for poultry, seafood and pork
  • Beverage ideas: sangria, cream soda floats, amaretto sour
  • Other ideas: natural car deodorizer
  • Chef’s notes: To scrape a vanilla bean, start from the center, cutting a slit with the tip of a sharp knife. Spread the bean apart to expose the seeds and scrape with the dull side of the knife. Scrape the sticky seeds off the side of the knife. Repeat with the other side of the bean. Delicious vanilla flavor is found in both the bean and the seeds, so try to use both. As long as the bean still possesses its characteristic aroma and is moist and pliable, you can rinse, dry and use it again.

Located just east of the southern portion of Africa, the area known as the Bourbon Islands includes the islands of Réunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoro and Seychelles. Hence, when we refer to Madagascar Bourbon, we’re referring to the region and not to the liquor.

Around 1793, a vanilla vine was smuggled from Mexico to the Bourbon Island of Réunion. For almost 50 years after its arrival at Réunion, the growth and production of vanilla was difficult. The vines grew successfully with beautiful blossoms but seldom resulted in vanilla pods. Without the Melipona bee, vanilla’s indigenous pollinator in Mexico, the flowers were only occasionally pollinated by local insects.

It wasn’t until 1836 that Charles Morren, a Belgian botanist, discovered the link between the bee and the plant’s pollination. In 1841, Edmond Albius of Réunion developed an efficient method for fertilizing vanilla flowers by hand.

Eventually, hand pollination was perfected on a commercial scale. Growers could choose the best flowers and properly space them out on the vine, resulting in a healthier and higher quality vanilla pod. Combined with the hot, humid climate and rich soil, hand pollination by the country’s skilled and patient farmers has enabled Madagascar to become the world’s top vanilla producer in both quantity and quality.

In Madagascar, the curing process is similar to that of Mexico with one slight difference; the farmers initiate the curing process by immersing the green vanilla beans in hot water for a short time. The farmers then store the beans in sweat boxes before beginning the routine of spreading beans in the sun and packing them away at night. This unique curing process, along with the rich soil and growing conditions, helps create the unique, rich, and highly complex flavor profile Madagascar vanilla is known for.

Vanilla Beans

  • Kosher Certified
  • Gluten-Free Certified
  • All-Natural
  • Allergen-Free
  • GMO-Free

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