Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Bean
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Vanilla, the sweetly captivating aromatic seed of the climbing orchid. This indispensable flavoring is called for in a vast arena of recipes. Sinfully creamy creme brulee, mouth watering custard, or decadent infused liquors all benefit from the heady flavor of this valuable bean. Vanilla Beans are an esteemed asset, the Vanilla flower is the only one of 350 species of orchids that produce an edible product. Hand pollination is required during the one or two days in which the orchid blooms. A slender piece of bamboo is used to lift away the membrane while a worker smears pollen bearing stamens against the pistils. When the Vanilla Bean is harvested, they have very little flavor and require curing to naturally bring forth the flavor of the bean. The curing process may take up to 2 to 3 months and involves drying, sweating and storage that maintains just the right amount of enzymatic reaction to develop a specific color and flavor!

When the Spanish arrived in Central and South America, the Aztecs were already implementing vanilla as a flavoring for certain beverages. Samples of the wild Mexican orchids were unsuccessfully transplanted at commercial plantations in the Far East. A successful hand pollination method was discovered on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. This process is continued today. Planifolia Vanilla Beans are the most common form of Vanilla Beans and have a rich sweet flavor that is more intense than the flavor of the Tahitian Vanilla Bean. Bourbon Vanilla Beans are grown in Madagascar, Comoro & Reunion Islands.

1# - approximately 125

8 oz. - approximately 60-63

Ingredient Statement:

Vanilla Beans.

Vanilla Beans can be used in several ways. Pods may be scraped out to use in creme brulee or custard, the remaining pod may then be rinsed and dried and added to your sugar container to create a subtle Vanilla flavored sugar. Vanilla is a great flavoring for chocolate, coffee, ice cream, cakes, cookies, fruit desserts and most sweet dishes. Surprisingly, a small amount of Vanilla is good with certain rich dishes such as lobster or veal. The beans are added to the food and then removed prior to serving.

Recommended Preparation Instructions:

Cut bean lengthwise, scrape out the dark, pulpy inside and add to recipe. Store the remainder of the bean pod in a glass jar with sugar. This will store the beans and supply vanilla flavored sugar. Use the sugar in any recipe or as a sweetener for hot beverages.

Product Description

Vanilla Beans, are the seed of the climbing orchid, originally from southern Mexico. The initial attempts were not successful due to lack of pollination. The solution was discovered on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. A slender piece of bamboo was used to lift away a membrane that allowed a worker to smear pollen bearing stamens against the pistils. This technique is still used today. Planifolia vanilla beans have a rich sweet flavor, are the most common vanilla bean found in the market. They are grown in Madagascar, Comoro & Reunion Islands.


Color: Dark brown to black.

Flavor: Typical of vanilla.

Size: Approximately 15-20 cm in length.


Moisture: <30%

Sulfites: N/A

Heat Level: N/A

Ingredient Statement:

Vanilla Beans.

Allergen Statement


Packaging & Storage

Shelf Life: Min 12 months (under optimum storage conditions).

Packaging: Poly bag in box.

Storage Conditions: Store in a dry, cool place.

About Nutritional Information

Chieftain Wild Rice Company gathers nutritional information from highly regarded sources. Nutritional analysis can vary due to growing conditions, frequency of testing, and other factors.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 100g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 0
  % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 10g  
Protein 0g  
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1%
Iron 0%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.