Tuesday, November 25, 2008

So Much Vanilla So Little Time

Okay so there are over 100 varieties of vanilla...I know would of thought there were sooo many...but of those there are only three types we use commercially; which are Planifolia, Pompona and Tahitian.

Madagascar / Bourbon vanilla-Bourbon vanilla is the generic name for vanilla species Vanilla Planifolia. Bourbon vanilla has the familiar vanilla flavor we have come to know and love, such as that in ice cream, flavored desserts and drinks. Madagascar Bourbon is the most sought after bourbon vanilla bean and is considered the best. Madagascar has aromas of wood, oil, and leather with wide flat pods.

Mexican Vanilla is a gift of Mexico to the world. Mexican vanilla beans are chocolate brown to black in color, their aroma is clean and delicate.
Tahitian vanilla originates from a hybrid of Vanilla Planifolia and Vanilla Odorata. Now regarded as a different species, it's appearance and flavor is considerably different to planifolia vanilla. Tahitian vanilla is earthly and fruity, with less natural vanillin than planifolia.

Pompona Vanilla is grown in the Antilles and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. The vanilla pods are considered of lower quality than either planifolia or tahitian. The beans tend to be smaller, around 3", with less vanillin then the planifolia varieties.
So in a nut shell vanilla is a pretty interesting bean...so many different types and flavors...who would of thought there would be many different uses to this...I didn't, that's for sure.
If you want to get more information on our vanilla beans go to our website at www.arizonavanilla.com

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