*While we were very excited to pack our vanilla in bamboo tubes, we've gotten feedback that some of the tubes didn't hold an airtight seal, drying out the vanilla pods after packaging. The vanilla is still exceptionally fragrant and excellent in homemade extracts or ground into powder, despite being dry and brittle. We have reduced the price to reflect the more limited use of the dry pods.*
Our Nyanza Vanilla is grown in the hills around Nyanza (aka Lake Victoria) in Tanzania, where the altitude, rich soil and temperate climate produce an especially rich, sweet vanilla.
Nyanza Vanilla comes in a biodegradable, sustainably-grown bamboo tube that holds two dry Extract Grade vanilla pods. The pods are dry and will work well for powder, homemade extracts and infusing into sugar.
Grind the whole pods in a coffee grinder for ice cream, custards and other rich desserts, or break them into pieces and let them infuse into the alcohol of your choice for homemade vanilla extract.
We recommend putting your Nyanza Vanilla Pods in a zippered bag when they arrive to preserve freshness.
Origin: Kagera, Tanzania
- Process: Sun-dried during the day, cured in wooden boxes overnight
Ingredients: 100% Vanilla planifolia, whole pod, dried
- Tasting notes: Toasted Hazelnut • Dates • Tannins
- Split, scrape and add to your ice cream base, fruit jams, or puddings before cooking
- Drop a vanilla pod into your favorite spirit, then add sugar and instant coffee to make a homemade Tia Maria
- Bury spent pods in sugar to make vanilla sugar
- Pairs well with: Pemba Cloves, Stone Nutmeg, Cinnamon Verum (Ground)
Vanilla is the fruit of a flowering vine. It takes as long as a decade for a vine to begin to produce fruit, and the white orchid flowers must be pollinated by hand. The pods grow in small bunches like bananas, and they take 6-9 months to ripen. After harvesting, they're cured in wooden boxes, where they turn from green to brown and develop their characteristic rich, complex aroma.
In a climate and terroir similar to that of Madagascar, they develop a deep, rich aroma and flavor. We prefer the vine-ripened pods (standard pods are often picked slightly underripe as a shortcut) for their stronger, sweeter, more concentrated flavor.
In the photos, you can see the nearly-ripe vanilla pods, the vanilla flower, and the vanilla vines.
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so much better than that watered down stuff you get in the groceries
I placed the vanilla in vodka. They’re not ready yet, but the fragrance is lovely so far!
I bought two sets of these vanilla beans. Both sets were hard and I was not able to be split them open to get the seeds inside. Old and brittle not plump at all. I attempted to rehydrate them but felt like this was a colossal waste of money.
The vanilla was amazing, however the mix up with the shipping of the full order was the opposite experience. I ordered $70 worth of the vanilla beans to make extract, sugar, and powder, and received a very small amount. 2 weeks passed, I was about to contact customer service when I received an email stating there had been an issue with multiple orders not receiving their full amount of vanilla beans, and they would send out the full order ASAP. I received my order a few days later, and 2 towels as an apology. The only reason I give 3 stars is due to the mix-up on the order, and the experience. I really like the vanilla beans. I plan on ordering more since due to the shipping of the full order issue I only made the sugar, and extracts, not the powder.
It makes great vanilla ice cream! Since using real vanilla pods and fantastic spices, I refuse to buy store-bought ice cream.