Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans are grown on the island of Madagascar, one of the Bourbon Islands off the southeastern coast of Africa. It takes a minimum of 3 years to grow vanilla beans which are then hand-harvested and sun cured to create a sweet, richly aromatic fragrance and smooth, buttery, creamy vanilla flavor.
Madagascar vanilla beans are the most popular variety of vanilla bean and used in both professional and home kitchens worldwide. These beans are best for homemade extracts and work in practically all recipes.
Dark brown to black, wrinkled pods
Soft and flexible, slightly oily
Richly aromatic and flavorful
- Vanilla beans are a great flavoring for chocolate, coffee, ice cream, cakes, cookies, fruit desserts and most sweet dishes
- Surprisingly, a small amount of natural vanilla is a good complement to certain rich dishes such as lobster and veal
- Use as a secret ingredient in tomato sauces, stews, and chili
- One whole vanilla bean is equivalent to approximately one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste or vanilla powder