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Vanilla Beans [moved from Home Cooking]

phee Jun 3, 2012 10:33 AM

Has anyone detected a noticeable difference between vanilla beans from, say, Madagascar vs. Tahiti vs. Mexico? Would you recommend one over the other?

  1. BananaBirkLarsen Jun 3, 2012 11:01 AM

    Tahitian vanilla beans are more delicate and floral. They have an amazing scent and I really like the flavour, but find I have to add more than I would when using Madagascar beans.

    As far as I know, Madagascar and Mexican beans are the same variety of vanilla, but taste somewhat different due to the climate/soil/growing conditions. I've never bought Mexican beans, though, so I can't say what those differences are or how noticeable they are.

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    1. re: BananaBirkLarsen
      phee Jun 3, 2012 11:52 AM

      Thank you! Exactly what I needed to know. Madagascar it is!

    2. ipsedixit Jun 3, 2012 12:39 PM

      Here's a quick rundown of all the vanilla bean varieties.


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      1. re: ipsedixit
        phee Jun 3, 2012 10:02 PM

        AWESOME link! Thank you so much!

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