Frieda's Specialty Produce - Vanilla Beans

Overview

What is a Vanilla Bean?

  • Vanilla Beans are actually the dried pods of the vanilla orchid, which must be hand-harvested and slowly dried to achieve their aromatic scent and flavor.

How to Eat

  • Split beans lengthwise and scrape out seeds to add to ice cream, sauces, frostings, desserts, coffee, or tea. The seeds from 1 bean is a substitution for approximately 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Discard inedible pod or add to a jar of sugar or coffee ground to impart more flavor!

Health Benefits

  • The polyphenol vanillin, found in Vanilla Beans, is high in antioxidants and is currently being studied for their cancer and disease prevention abilities.

How to Store

  • Store in a cool, dry place away from light. Vanilla Beans should be stored in an airtight container. If beans become too brittle, soak in milk prior to using.

When are they in season?

  • Year-round

Where are they grown?

  • Papua New Guinea.

Recipes

Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Syrup

Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Syrup Infuse your morning cup of Joe with natural vanilla flavor using this simple recipe for syrup that will keep in the fridge for a whole week. Better yet, stir some into your iced coffee for … Continue reading

Ginger Liqueur

Ginger Liqueur Ingredients 1 orange 1-inch nub fresh ginger (about 2 ounces), peeled and thinly sliced 1 Frieda’s vanilla bean, split lengthwise 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/2 cups brandy (or bourbon) Special equipment: large, sealable glass … Continue reading

Vanilla-Infused Vodka

Vanilla-Infused Vodka Ingredients 1 1-liter bottle vodka 1 pod Frieda’s Vanilla Bean Steps Split vanilla bean lengthwise, leaving end attached. Add bean to botttle of vodka. Let stand at room temperature in cool, dark place 3-5 days. Strain into another … Continue reading

Greengage Plum and Vanilla Jam

Greengage Plum and Vanilla Jam ingredients 2 pounds Greengage plums, thoroughly washed, stems removed 2 1/4 cups sugar Juice of 1 lemon (like seedless lemon) 2 whole vanilla beans Pinch of sea salt steps Cut plums in half; remove and … Continue reading

Dulce de Membrillo (Quince Paste)

Dulce de Membrillo (Quince Paste) Dulce de Membrillo or quince paste is a fruit preserve made of quince and sugar, typical of Spain. It is made into a rectangular block, then served with toast for breakfast or on a cheese … Continue reading

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