Madagascar Vanilla Beans
Today, Madagascar vanilla beans are the most common and the most widely-used in the world. However, adverse climate conditions have resulted in a global shortage of of Madagascar beans.
Madagascar Vanilla beans are popular for their rich and deep vanilla tones, along with a buttery taste and creamy sensation when properly extracted. A favorite for vanilla ice cream.
According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, Madagascar leads the world in vanilla bean production, with nearly 4,000 tons of annual harvests.
One of the more popular Madagascar vanilla beans is the Bourbon bean. Contrary to belief, the Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean isn't named after a type of alcohol. Bourbon (previously named Reunion) is an island several hundred miles east of Madagascar where the beans are grown. Today, other nearby islands such as the island of Comoros, along with its sister island, Moroni, provide a healthy environment for vanilla bean cultivation.