bourbon vanilla beans hand cultivated natural Bourbon vanilla beans
The impact of using natural vanilla beans in your baking and cooking is unmistakable.
Split bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Use the seeds in place of vanilla extract for a richer, fresher flavor. Using vanilla beans also adds texture and appearance to any recipe, from homemade ice cream to sugar cookies to a simple french toast batter.
These vanilla beans are hand cultivated by a farming cooperative in Madagascar, where curing vanilla is a way of life in many rural villages. As you walk from one vanilla farming village to the next during the harvest, you can smell the unmistakable scent of cured, natural vanilla drying under the tropical sun.