Zanzibar Vanilla Beans

Zanzibar 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 beans 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.

Our organic vanilla beans are grown on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, where they're grown and cured by our partner cooperative. With a climate and terroir similar to Madagascar, they have a deep, rich aroma and flavor. We prefer the vine-ripened beans (standard beans are picked slightly underripe for aesthetic reasons) for their stronger, sweeter, more concentrated flavor.

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