Madagascar Vanilla Bean
Ahh, vanilla! It has a delicate, sweet, yet rich flavor and it aroma is unequalled.
Vanilla is derived from the dried, cured beans or fruit pods of the large, green-stemmed climbing perennial, Vanilla planifolia, a member of the orchid family. Although vanilla beans are sometimes used in their whole form, they are most commonly used for producing extracts and flavors.Vanilla's appeal is universal, covering the spectrum from sweet to savory recipes. 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 and top grade vanilla beans are bursting with a deep aroma and are a bit oily to the touch. The best beans are pliable enough to bend without breaking and their color is a dark brown to almost black.
Use with apples, eggs, fish, ice cream, melon, milk, peaches, pears and strawberries. Vanilla Beans works well in combination with cardamom, chili, cinnamon and cloves.
allspice, apples, basil, black pepper, cardamom, chocolate, citrus, coriander, dates, fennel, ginger, mint, pears, pineapple, pomegranate, tarragon, and thyme