Vanilla Planifolia is the world’s most popular, familiar variety of true vanilla, with richly sweet, custardy, dried fruit fragrances and flavors. Though versatile enough for any recipe, this rendition from Sambava, Madagascar, transcends the status quo thanks to exquisite attention in both the field and the fermentation process. The result is exceptional aromatic intensity and delicate crystalline pulp that glitters and glows when scraped out of the pod.
To preserve and maximize the value of vanilla beans, we recommend submerging them in vodka, gradually creating a top-quality vanilla extract. After just a couple of months, the liquor will be wonderful for everyday use. Whenever a recipe needs a strong amplification of vanilla flavor, the beans themselves can be pulled from the extract and cut lengthwise to yield superbly potent pulp and seeds, ready for mixing into sauces or pastes.
1oz vanilla (~6 beans)