Our Organic Vanilla Bean produces the sweetly spicy, delicate aroma and flavor that can only be found in quality vanilla. Vanilla beans are the seedpods of certain orchids, which require specific growing conditions and labor intensive to produce. This makes vanilla one of the most expensive spices, but its comforting flavor and aroma make it a very popular flavoring, used in baking, perfumes and aromatherapy. Our all-natural vanilla beans are the real deal, featuring no harsh chemical processing, and directly sourced to ensure freshness.
Vanilla orchids grow on vines that can reach up to 30 feet long, climbing and winding around trees. They originated in what is now Mexico and Guatemala, cultivated by the ancient Totonac people and given as tribute to the conquering Aztecs. Today, much of the vanilla we consume comes from Madagascar and is known as ‰Û÷bourbon vanilla‰۪. The vanilla orchids must be pollinated by hummingbirds or a specific species of bee in order to produce the coveted pods known as vanilla beans; because of this, much of the commercial vanilla sold today is hand pollinated, resulting in its higher price‰ÛÓwhich means much of the vanilla you see and taste comes from artificial versions.
While the ancient Mayans believed that adding vanilla to various drinks worked as an aphrodisiac, there is not solid evidence of this. Vanilla as aphrodisiac is a common theme, however, being used in many perfumes and in many desert foods meant to lift the spirits and create a sense of contentment. In aromatherapy, vanilla is used to encourage relaxation and happiness; the scent is believed to be very comforting.
Using at Home
To use a vanilla bean, you need to split it in two, lengthwise, with a knife. This exposes the tiny black seeds and oils inside. Using the non-sharpened side of the knife, scrape the pod to retrieve the vanilla flavoring. You can also use the pods by adding them into a small bottle of vodka (or other alcohol), and allowing it to soak. After a few weeks the flavor will be extracted into the liquid, which can then be used the same way as regular vanilla extracts. Best of all, you can leave the beans in the bottle and continue to add vodka as it runs low.
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Our ingredients are sourced from the highest quality growers around the world, with consistent and large production quantities available. Whatever your needs, you've found a partner dedicated to providing quality ingredients that make your business stand out, with a level of service that you can rely on.
All of our methods, are completely compatible with the full USDA Organic standard, while managing to meet - or surpass - strict FDA regulated safety standards. Our key technologies include: Steam Treated Spice, Steam Treated Spices.