Vanilla beans are long, thin, black seed pods of the Vanilla genus of orchids, used as spices in a variety of culinary applications. Vanilla beans are used in the production of vanilla paste, vanilla powder, and pure vanilla extracts. See: Vanilla extract, pure
The primary flavor component of vanilla beans, vanillin, is associated with numerous beneficial properties. Vanillin is also a possible trigger for migraines. See: Vanillin
Three major species of vanilla bean are cultivated: Vanilla planifolia, Mexican vanilla; Vanilla tahitensis, Tahitian vanilla; and Vanilla pompona, Madagascar or Bourbon vanilla. Each vanilla bean species has a unique aroma and flavor profile. Vanilla planifolia is the most commonly grown.
Desserts, confectionery, custards, crème anglaise, ice cream, frozen desserts
Vanilla, Vanilla planifolia, Vanilla pompona, Vanilla tahitensis, Mexican vanilla, Madagascar vanilla, Bourbon vanilla, Tahitian vanilla