*We're currently all sold out of our Wild Pompona Vanilla! Check out our brand new Nyanza Vanilla*
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.
We have an extremely limited quantity of full Pompona Vanilla pods. 1 Grade A Pod comes in a biodegradable, sustainably-grown bamboo tube.
These vanilla pods are 3-5 times the size of your typical vanilla, so feel free to cut into segments or scrape only a portion of the pod at a time, then put back in the tube until you need it next.
Origin: Moyobamba, Peruvian Amazon
- Process: Sun-dried during the day, cured in wooden boxes overnight
Ingredients: 100% Vanilla pompona pods
- Tasting notes: Dried Cherry • Chocolate • Dark Rum
- Cut or scrape a piece into homemade ice cream, desserts and pastries
- Drop a segment into your cold brew or oatmeal
- Scrape into jams and pastry creams
- 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.
I haven't used this yet-- it just arrived-- but the smell is truly next level. It does smell remarkably like dried cherries along with the more traditional/ expected vanilla scent, and to a lesser/ subtler extent the other notes they mention (chocolate and dark rum). It is also almost comically large. I can't wait to use it. I've got pastry cream for a raspberry tart in mind to try first. Thanks B&B!