We are pleased to offer the finest and the original, Mexican vanilla beans grown in the tropics of the Yucatan.
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This is our original, Mexican vanilla bean that we have always offered. We recently added the name "Yucatan" to indicate its origin within Mexico. Product labels for this bean may only say "Mexican Vanilla Beans" and exclude the word "Yucatan" in print.
The soil of the Yucatan is special, given its location on a peninsula and being nearly surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The foliage there is thick and floral and nutrient dense. Vanilla beans grown in this regions are especially rich in vanillin, naturally full of oil and plump with sweet vanilla caviar. Indeed, Yucatan vanilla beans are of the most sweet and elegant beans on the market. Perhaps compared only to Tongan and Hawaiian vanilla beans for their richness and superb quality.
Mexico is where the story of vanilla beans begins. These beans are rich and dark, with spicy and smokey tones, perfect for baked goods, sauces and other desserts. It's also fantastic when a teaspoon is added to seared or glazed salmon or chicken.
Almost every vanilla bean in the world is, sort of, a Mexican vanilla bean. Here's why...
The Totonacs of Veracruz Mexico are the first people in the world known to have cultivated vanilla beans. By the 1400's, the Aztecs had begun using vanilla beans to enhance the taste of chocolate.
When Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez discovered the spice, he brought a large supply back with him to Spain and introduced it to the King and Royal Court. It's popularity grew and vanilla bean plantations quickly began to spread across Europe, into Africa and into Asia.
Virtually every vanilla bean grown in the world today is directly related to the Mexican species of vanilla bean, Vanilla Planifolia. In fact, the largest exporter of vanilla beans today is Madagascar. And what vanilla bean to they harvest? You guessed it, the Vanilla Planifolia.
Though much of the DNA may be similar, the climate, the soil and the methods used for harvesting, curing and extracting all contribute to the taste of the vanilla.
Today, very little of the world's global vanilla cultivation comes from Mexico. The Mexican Revolution, global warming, competition from Madagascar, drug cartels desiring land for drug production, etc. all contributed to a decline in Mexican vanilla bean production. But that trend is changing and in 2016 Mexico had its largest vanilla harvest in decades.
These Vanilla Beans are of the highest quality and have a rich, dark aroma. They are very oily with a strong vanilla scent. Grade A Mexican vanilla beans are usually between 6" and 7" inches long and have a dark brown color. They are perfect for making homemade vanilla extract, home cooking or baking. VanillaPura vanilla beans are a regular choice for professional chefs and are used in 5 star restaurants around the world. We proudly offer some of the most sought-after vanilla beans on the market.
VanillaPura vanilla beans are all shipped vacuum sealed for freshness and should be stored unrefrigerated in a cool, dry and dark place.