Currently, the Mexican vanilla bean (real Mexican vanilla that has been both grown and cured in Mexico) is one of the most expensive beans on the market due to limited supply. Some companies may try to sell beans that were grown in Madagascar and cured in Mexico as "Mexican Vanilla Beans" but they are not. The soil that they are grown in largely determines the taste, not where they are cured.
We are pleased to offer the finest and the original, Mexican vanilla beans. Buy just one or several to make your own vanilla extract or other vanilla creates from scratch in your own kitchen.
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.
Most Mexican vanilla beans are harvested along the Gulf Coast in the Veracruz state, where the climate is amicable and the soil is rich with nutrition. These factors make a real, Mexican vanilla bean one of the most delightful and elegant vanilla beans on the planet.
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.
This is a co-op product page for VanillaPura's co-op members. Co-op orders are combined with other customer orders and may have a lead time of 4-8 weeks. The result is the lowest priced, gourmet vanilla beans anywhere. "Wait a little, and save a lot!"
On average, there are 6-10 beans/oz depending on the moisture content of the specific batch of vanilla beans. There can be as few as 5 beans or as many as 20 beans. Pricing reflects current market conditions and will be updated as market prices change.
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Please note that we consolidate all of our co-op orders into as few pouches as possible to save costs that allow for low pricing. So, for example, if you order 2 or 3 of our 1-oz pouches, you will receive all 2-3 ounces of vanilla beans all in a single pouch with a single label.
Please note that any discount codes, sales or promotions currently available on VanillaPura.com cannot be used with this co-op product, given its already-low price. Co-op orders that have utilized site promotions will be immediately cancelled.