If you're a gourmet vanilla bean novice delving into the world of the world’s most popular flavoring agent for the first time, this article is for you. We cover everything from how to remove the seeds to when you can replace gourmet with grade b vanilla beans and more (plus ideas and recipes for use).
Uganda is at a unique position when it comes to the cultivation and exportation of vanilla beans and much of the reasoning is due to rare seasonal conditions. The vanilla orchids are not so different than those grown elsewhere, but there is one key difference in the climate that aids in bean production.
In most cases, Bourbon vanilla extract will not contain bourbon whiskey. It's name is actually owed to the type of vanilla beans used to make it—Bourbon vanilla beans, which in turn are named after the island formerly known as Bourbon, where hand-pollination of vanilla Planifolia was discovered.
Pompona is a rare type of vanilla bean grown wild in Mexico and tropical areas of Central and South America. Today, Pompona vanilla beans are also commercially produced in many other areas of the world. It has unique flavor and aromatic properties unlike any other variety of vanilla bean.
Gourmet vanilla is simply a classification of vanilla bean based on that particular bean's moisture content and aesthetic appeal. This post explores the characteristics and uses of gourmet vanilla beans and provides answers to some common questions revolving around vanilla grades.
Aside from individual preferences, Tahitian Vanilla Beans are neither superior nor inferior; they are simply different. Still, they have some very unique attributes that have earned them increased popularity the world over. This post looks at the 3 main qualities that make these beans stand out.