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Nov 9, 2009 09:51 AM

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.

    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.