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 full Grade A vanilla pods.
Open and scrape the seeds out of the pods for ice cream, custards and other rich desserts, then dry and grind the pods to make vanilla powder.
Origin: Kagera, Tanzania
- Process: Sun-dried during the day, cured in wooden boxes overnight
Ingredients: 100% Vanilla planifolia, whole pod
- 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.
Aromatic, sweet, moist pods. Beautiful packaging.