Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans are very distinct, with a flavor and aroma profile unlike any other vanilla bean. Madagascar vanilla beans are processed using the "Bourbon" curing method. This technique typically produces vanilla beans with higher moisture content. Our gourmet vanilla beans have a moisture content of roughly 33%. You'll notice that there are no breaks or splits within the vanilla beans; another indication of extremely high quality.
The Best Source"...Madagascar vanilla beans stand up to cooking and have a lovely, warm flavor. The Best Source: Buying vanilla beans in bulk is a great value. Beanilla Trading sells beans, extracts, and powders from around the world, in a variety of quantities. Madagascar beans, $13 for 10, beanilla.com"
—Taste-Test Winners, Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
Best of the Bean"For smooth, pure-tasting vanilla extract, make your own...If you want to fill several bottles, it's worth buying the pods in bulk. Beanilla.com charges $13 for 10 (Madagascar variety); the site also sells glass jars"
—Ask Martha, Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
Beans In Bulk"...To save money, order vanilla beans online from sites such as beanilla.com. You'll end up spending a lot less ($13 plus shipping for 10 Madagascar beans) than you would buying them from a supermarket. And of course, the more beans you buy, the cheaper they are."
—DIY Vanilla Extract, America's Test Kitchen D.I.Y Cookbook, 2012
Quality"No matter the variety, sourcing from high-quality distributors is a must to ensure the freshest, most nuanced beans....Beans should be moist and very pliable; a stiff, brittle feel indicates that the flavor-packed essential oils have evaporated. Stored in a sealed container away from sunlight, vanilla pods will keep for up to a year."
—Elizabeth Gunnison Dunn, Vanilla Beans That Are Anything but Plain Vanilla, The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 21, 2013
**Please Note: When purchasing vanilla beans by weight, please be aware that you may not receive the exact number of beans you are expecting from our estimates. Like any agricultural product, our vanilla beans have the potential to vary in length & size from crop-to-crop. If you need to ensure that you receive an exact quantity of whole beans we recommend purchasing a specific quantity amount.**
|Grade||Grade A (Gourmet/Premium/Prime)|
|Length||6-7 inches (16cm - 17.5cm)|
|Taste & Aroma||No|
|Flavor Profile||creamy, strong, full, rich|
|Country of Origin||Madagascar|
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