Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]> wrote in
> I'm low on saffron and vanilla so I go to http://saffron.com/ and get
> all set to order. . . [I've ordered saffron from them for years and
> got some vanilla last year]
> And for some reason, this time I wonder if I should get a different
> vanilla than what I got last time?
> I'd have to look up what I bought-- but they were the freshest,
> goo-i-est beans I've ever seen.
> They offer
> Planifolia [organic or not]
> Tahitian and Mexican beans
> The Tahitian and Planifolia come in 'gourmet' and 'chef' packs. The
> chef pack is 1lb for $20. The gourmet is $30.
> The Mexican is 3-4 times the price of the Tahitian and Planifolia.
> I was about to order 1/2lb of the Planifolia for $15-- but wonder if I
> ought to just get the pound and pack 1/2 of it in some rum or vodka
> for safe keeping.
> Has anyone compared all the varieties and found one to be a stand out?
I bought a bunch of Madagascan beans, and have been quite happy with
them, but this might help you out.........
"Q1. What are the best vanilla beans?
A1. The most common question we are asked!! There is a tendency to
profile vanilla from certain countries Madagascar, Tahiti, Mexico, PNG
etc. These all have different aromas and flavors, but we sell both
species of vanilla from Papua New Guinea and believe that one of the
many choices that we offer will fulfill your vanilla needs. When it
comes to your budget, our vanilla is unquestionably the VERY BEST
VALUE!! Imagine beans being like a fine wine or cigar. It really comes
down to your own taste and the intended use. Bourbon beans meet certain
needs that Tahitian beans do not fulfill and vice versa. Gourmet and
Extract beans are used for different purposes. As for the aroma and
flavor you are the judge - if you like the flavor, its a good bean!!
No need to be a bean snob leave that to the wine lovers! Click here
to find out the different kinds of beans and how to use them
Q2: Do all vanilla beans have the same flavor?
A2: No. There are varying factors that affect the flavor of a vanilla
bean. The first depends on the species, Planifolia (Bourbon) or
Tahitensis (Tahitian). The second is the country of origin of the
vanilla, and even the specific area or altitude where grown. The third
is the maturity of the beans when picked. The fourth is how the beans
are steeped and cured. For vanilla extract, the extraction method used
will also influence the final flavor profile. Just like a fine wine or
cigar, vanilla also has its unique flavor profile. We sell beans from
our own organically controlled plantations in Papua New Guinea, which we
believe to be the best in the world!