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Nyanza Vanilla Powder

Sweet, classic vanilla flavor, with a beautiful date-tannin aroma.

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Also available as vanilla pods and vanilla extract kits.

Our intensely flavorful Nyanza Vanilla Powder is made simply from the peak ripeness, extra sweet split vanilla pods that are ground into an intensely flavorful powder. There are 6 whole vanilla pods in each jar, ready right out of the jar—no chopping, scraping or waiting around for extract neeed.

What makes the powder special is its powerful, rich flavor from the sweet, marshmallow-y vanilla seeds and the tart-cherry and apricot notes of the outer husk. Use it for baking, cold brews, smoky-spicy rubs, slow-and-low braises, balsamic vinaigrette, decadent smoothies and warming libations. Simply use half to an equal amount of powder in place of vanilla extract for alcohol-free, pure vanilla flavor.

It's 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.




Kagera, Tanzania


Sun-dried and cured in wooden boxes, then ground


Vanilla planifolia, ground

Tasting notes:

Toasted Hazelnut • Dates • Tannins

Cooking tips

Amount fresh
Amound dried
  • Substitute for vanilla extract 1:1 in baking, or use half for savory applications
  • Use in baking or ice creams for beautiful flavor and black flecks
"Ethically sourced vanilla beans"


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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 vanilla vines and flowers and Gosbert, one of our partner farmers in Tanzania.

how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?



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