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Where can I get vanilla beans?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows of a good place in Montreal to buy vanilla beans.

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  1. At the risk of sounding like a shill, Jean Talon Market's Olives et Épices has the widest range of vanilla beans I've found in town. Their website currently lists pods from India, Madagascar (regular and organic), Mexico, Sri Lanka, Tahiti (two types) and Uganda, though not all will be in stock at all times. Some of the less expensive varieties are on sale (7-10 pods for $10). High turnover ensures freshness. www.epicesdecru.com

    1. The best vanilla beans ive found are at les douceurs du marche at the atwater market. They are twice as thick as regular vanilla beans.

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      1. I might get rocks thrown at me but I've used eBay quite a few times and the only real problem I've foound is the size of the package. There are too many beans and the last ones end up turned into extract. Very good prices too.

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        1. re: Campofiorin

          I'd forgotten about Ebay. Thanks to you 15 plump organic 7.5 inch vanilla beans arrived yesterday. How much? $16 US and free shipping!!! If you want regular ones its 25 for 15 dollars, so if you bake a lot this would be a very economical option for you.
          Thanks Campofiorin.

        2. I've found some at Maitre Boucher in NDG if you're in that area.

          1. Believe it or not... Loblaws; bottom shelf of the spice rack.

            1. Distribution Alimentaire Aubut, 3975 Rue St.-Ambroise,Montreal, QC H4C 2E1
              (514) 933-0939
              i used inexpensive beans(2 for $ 5) to make my own essence- not good result hence i suggest higher quality beans

              1. Well I am not from Montreal but I saw some at the costco on the rue bridge in montreal.

                1. You can try : Anatol Spices Regd 6822 St Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2S 3C7 - 514-276-0107.
                  They have a lot of spices!

                  1. Doubt that you're still looking - but I second Olives et Épices. I just bought two of their Madagascar beans. I couldn't believe how fresh they were. The most beautiful vanilla beans I have ever come across. Plump and a little bit moist. They made a killer vanilla ice cream...

                    1. CostCo sells them for $13.00 and change for 2 vials with 5 fresh plump beans in each, maybe produce in Indonesia. Worked quite well in a creme brulee and other recipes calling for vanille. Agree that Olive & Spices has best & tastiest assortment of beans but for the price, I'm sticking to CostCo.

                        1. re: mtlmaven

                          If you're close to Milano and they don't have it (which would surprise me), walk to Jean Talon Market to the spice shop "Olives et épices".


                          1. re: mtlmaven

                            I recently got some from http://www.myvanillashop.com/ and I'm very satisfied with the product.