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. Those who have tried multiple varieties of vanilla recognize pure Mexican vanilla beans as a gold standard that really is an experience that enlivens all the senses.
Our grade-A Mexican vanilla beans are grown in the tropics of the Yucatan Peninsula. When you open the package, you will immediately smell a dark vanilla aroma with hints of cocoa and mocha. Then, when you remove the beans you will smell an earthy bold vanilla with a hint of vanilla spice. If you use these beans to make extract, you will taste and smell a strong, concentrated, sweet vanilla with hints of chocolate, mocha and caramel. It is truly a wonderful and unique vanilla experience.
Mexico is where the story of vanilla begins. Vanilla grew naturally in Mexico several hundred years ago. The orchids were pollinated by a small bee that could fit into the flower and move pollen around. That bee is now believed to be extinct and, due to climate and cultural conflict, most of the world's vanilla cultivation happens outside of Mexico today.
But it's starting to make a comeback...
We have been sourcing Mexican vanilla for years. These are grade-A vanilla beans that are grown and cured in Mexico and they are in very short supply. Our farmers work hard, hand-pollinating each orchid, to deliver a beautiful and sweet vanilla bean.
Pricing on Mexican vanilla is currently the lowest it has been all year, but given its limited supply it is still one of the more expensive vanilla beans. 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.
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.
Grade A Mexican vanilla beans are usually between 6" and 7" inches long and have a dark brown color. Typically there are 6-7 of these beans in an ounce. 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.
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