Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans - Certified Organic FRESH


These vanilla beans are sold individually. They are from Madagascar.

If you love the aroma and taste of vanilla, but have never tried whole vanilla beans then you are in for a real treat! Vanilla beans are more fragrant and robust than extracts. The best beans are pliable enough to bend without breaking, their color is a dark brown to almost black and they’re a bit oily to the touch. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron because just like saffron they are very labor intensive to harvest. Despite their expense, vanilla beans are highly coveted for their flavor.

The vine of the vanilla orchid was first cultivated by the Totonec people of Mexico. In the 15th century the Aztecs conquered the Totonec region and quickly came to crave this unique and exotic flavor. The Aztecs called them “tlilxochi” which translates to “black flower”. The Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés is credited with introducing both vanilla and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s.

Early attempts to grow vanilla outside Mexico and Central America proved unsuccessful because of the harmonious relationship between the delicate vanilla orchid and the Melipona bee, its natural pollinator. Pollination is required for the flower to grow. In 1841 a slave on the French island of Réunion (located in the Indian Ocean about 600 miles east of Madagascar) discovered how to hand-pollinate the plant. This allowed a broad global cultivation of vanilla.

Today Madagascar, Réunion, and the Comoros Islands account for almost 80% of the world’s total vanilla production. In recent years there has been a drop in the amount of farmers worldwide continuing to cultivate vanilla beans due to a drop in overall demand as more food manufactures have increased their use of natural and synthetic vanilla substitutes in the food industry.

Currently there are 3 major species of vanilla grown globally, all of which are direct ancestors to the original species grown in Mexico and Central America. These are best known as Madagascar, Mexican and Tahitian.

Bourbon or Madagascar vanilla beans are cultivated from vanilla planifolia plants introduced from the Americas. These are the thinnest type and are rich and sweet with a fruity, sweet creamy, hay-like aroma with vanillin undertones. The signature vanilla flavor is generally stronger compared to other vanilla varieties.

Mexican vanilla beans (also Vanilla planifolia) come from the land of vanilla’s origin, it’s also much harder to find and tends to be more expensive than other types of vanilla beans. This is due to lower designated acreage coupled with severe drought conditions. These beans have a spicier and woody fragrance with a more subdued flavor than the more popular Bourbon vanilla beans.

Tahitian vanilla beans come from a different type of vanilla, Vanilla tahitiensis. These beans are shorter, thicker and darker in color than the Vanilla planifolia types. These beans have a different aroma and flavor which is best described as being more floral and fruity.

Use vanilla beans with apples, eggs, fish, ice cream, melon, milk, peaches, pears and strawberries.

Vanilla Beans work well in combination with cardamom, chili, cinnamon and cloves.

Stored properly, gourmet vanilla beans should remain flavorful, moist and easy to work with for 6-12 months.

Vanilla beans are so potent and full of flavor, that many cooks will use them more than once. All you have to do is rinse them off and let them dry and you can use them again later, or you can grind them up to be added to recipes calling for vanilla.


CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Certification is your guarantee that this product has been grown and processed according to strict guidelines established in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Before a product can be labeled Certified Organic, farmers and processors must meet the following requirements:
No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years.
Farmers and processors pass yearly inspections by an independent certifying agency.
Farmers and processors keep detailed records of operations.
Farmers maintain a written organic management plan.

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