Pompona Vanilla is an extremely rare species of vanilla, and ours is wild-harvested in the Peruvian Amazon. You've never had vanilla like this before.
The DIY Vanilla Extract Kit contains chopped-up, vine-ripened split pods, perfect for making your own vanilla extract. We have 10 grams of chopped vanilla with room to add 100ml of your favorite spirit.
Fill the jar with the vodka, whiskey or rum and let it infuse for at least two weeks, but it only gets better with time. Top off frequently, and use as you'd use any other vanilla extract. We also recommend spreading a small piece of plastic wrap or wax paper over the top of the jar (underneath the cap) to form an extra tight seal.
Origin: Moyobamba, Peruvian Amazon
- Process: Sun-dried during the day, cured in wooden boxes overnight
Ingredients: Vanilla pompona pods
- Tasting notes: Dried Cherry • Chocolate • Dark Rum
- Add to pastries, cheesecakes, bread pudding, and meringues
- Mix into hot chocolate and cocktails
- Drizzle over pancakes and into coffee
- Citrus Upside-Down Cake
- Sweet Mesquite Pecans
- Pairs well with: Pemba Cloves, Cloud Forest Cardamom, Morogoro Cacao
If a regular vanilla pod is like a string bean, Pompona Vanilla is like a sugar snap — bigger, fatter, sweeter and fuller of flavor.
These incredibly rare, wild (literally and figuratively) pods come from the Peruvian Amazon. Wild vanilla is virtually unheard of, and impossible outside of vanilla's native range (from Mexico to northern South America).
Vanilla orchids are only pollinated by a couple of species of bee, which only live in the Americas. All commercial Vanilla planifolia (most of which is grown in Madagascar) has to be hand-pollinated by the farmer once per year when the flowers bloom for just 3-5 hours.
Pompona Vanilla is pollinated by a single species called the dilemma orchid bee (amazing), and is then either picked green and cured by hand by 3 foragers over about 6 weeks, or ripened and split on the vine.
Smells good and tastes OK but the bottle doesn't work well
I followed the directions for making vanilla from the beans that were sent to me BUT no matter what I did, no matter how careful I was, every time I opened the bottle, it leaked all over the place. The vanilla that I created tasted OK but I probably wouldn't buy this again.
The most incredible smelling vanilla
This vanilla smells beyond incredible. My extract has only been sitting for a week and already it smells so fragrant. I spilled a drop while opening the jar to smell it and I tried it and it already tastes awesome. I can't wait for it to get stronger as it sits! I took everyones comments about the jars, and my own experience using an empty B&B spice jar to hold vinegar once, to heart and swapped the provided jar for a 4 oz mason jar. Nice tight seal for the lid, plus room for a little more vodka to make a larger amount of extract. I dumped the beans out into the mason jar, scraped out all the seeds I could with a spoon, then rinsed the B&B jar with vodka and poured it into the mason jar to get the seeds I missed. I was able to get most of them into the mason jar like this. I didn't want to waste any, this vanilla is definitely precious!
Haven’t tried yet
I’m anxious to try this vanilla, but I don’t use alcohol, so I have to get some food-grade glycerin to make the extract. The vanilla pods I bought a while back worked fine, ground up for some duck confit so I think these will be fine as well.
The good stuff
As expected and then some. Great flavor. Will be ordering again!
Vanilla is great, jar leaks
I’ve had the vanilla marinating for about 2 months now and it’s a wonderful product! The only issue I have is the jar/lid leaks all over the place. The jar and lid that the vanilla beans are shipped in is the same as all the dry spices - it needs to be a jar that is suitable for liquids.
I have been completely (and happily!) astonished by the quality of all the products I've ordered from Burlap & Barrel, and this is no exception!
Not sure I did it right ~ filled the bottle with vodka and have left it to steep. It looks watery and has lots of particles ~ like I should strain it. Smells good but I’m kind of leery of using it with the straining question. Could totally be user error ~
Great vanilla, terrible bottle
I love this vanilla! Fun and easy to add the alcohol of your choice and top it up as needed. Great favor and aroma. However, the bottle doesn’t seem to be designed for liquids - there’s always liquid under the lid and dripping down the outside when I open it, even though I store it upright and try to careful when walking from the pantry to the counter. I plan to decant it into a more traditional narrow-mouth vanilla bottle…