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Where can I get vanilla beans?

yumfoodmtl Nov 9, 2009 09:51 AM

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

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  1. carswell RE: yumfoodmtl Nov 9, 2009 10:09 AM

    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

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      dylankier RE: yumfoodmtl Nov 9, 2009 04:52 PM

      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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        yumfoodmtl RE: dylankier Nov 11, 2009 11:17 AM

        Thank you guys for your help!

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        Campofiorin RE: yumfoodmtl Nov 11, 2009 12:25 PM

        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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          english muffin RE: Campofiorin Dec 1, 2009 05:36 AM

          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. TheSnowpea RE: yumfoodmtl Nov 11, 2009 05:10 PM

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

          1. keelo RE: yumfoodmtl Nov 30, 2009 10:14 PM

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

            1. divya RE: yumfoodmtl Jan 1, 2010 12:15 PM

              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. elvisahmed RE: yumfoodmtl Jan 1, 2010 05:41 PM

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

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                  vvasile01 RE: yumfoodmtl Jan 5, 2010 07:57 PM

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

                  1. NickMontreal RE: yumfoodmtl Jan 13, 2010 05:32 AM

                    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. RhondaB RE: yumfoodmtl Jan 18, 2010 08:52 AM

                      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.

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                        mtlmaven RE: yumfoodmtl Jul 6, 2010 06:38 PM

                        Does Milano carry any?

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                          Maximilien RE: mtlmaven Jul 6, 2010 06:54 PM

                          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".


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                            mystikdrey RE: mtlmaven Jul 7, 2010 07:44 AM

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

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