5 Reasons to Love Vanilla Beans

1. Deep, Complex Flavor and Fragrance

Literally hundreds of unique flavor compounds, including vanillin, seamlessly mingle to create vanilla’s seductive essence.

2. Vanilla Pods

Vanilla pods, from orchids of the genus Vanilla, contain thousands of tiny black seeds no larger than a grain of sand. To extract these precious, flavorful jewels, split the pod lengthwise and scrape out each side with the unsharpened side of the knife. 1 pod 1 tsp. vanilla extract.

3. Vanilla Powder

Grinding vanilla beans intensifies their rich flavor profile, and the powder withstands baking better than extracts (plus, it's alcohol-free). 1/4 tsp. powder = 1 tsp vanilla extract.

4. Protective Antioxidants

Vanillin is a natural antioxidant that protects the cells from free radical damage, and may help reduce inflammation.

5. Longevity

Vanilla beans and powder will last up to two years when stored in a sealed glass container away from heat and light. When you get the urge to bake some vegan oatmeal goji berry cookies, the vanilla will be nice and fresh.


The term “French vanilla” originates from a strongly-scented (and flavored) French style of vanilla ice cream with an egg-custard base.



wikipedia.org "Vanilla" found here.

drweil.com "Cooking With Spices: Vanilla" found here.

livestrong.com "What are the Health Benefits of Vanilla Extract?" found here.

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