||Gourmet - Grade A
||5-7 inches | 13-18cm
||Vegan, Gluten Free, Halal, Non-GMO ,Kosher
|Bean Flavor Profile
||Full-bodied, floral, spicy, notes of stone fruits such as cherry, plum and apricot
||sweet floral vanilla with hints of apricot, cherry and plums
|Recommended Extract Spirit:
||Vodka, Rums, Bourbons, Brandy
||Extract Making, Baking, Cooking, Breweries, Cocktails
||Ice cream, custard, cakes, cookies, sweet sauces, and crème brûlée.
Welcome to Guayaquil, Ecuador
Ecuador, named after the equator, is famous for incredible wildlife and natural beauty. Think stunning mountain peaks, beautiful valleys, and a vibrant indigenous culture that reside in the Andes Mountains. Guayaquil, the largest port city in Ecuador, serves as a gateway to the Galapagos Islands and is known for its music, dance and festivals. It's also the place where tantalizing Tahitensis Vanilla is grown!
Vanilla Cultivation in Guayaquil
While the majority of vanilla is produced in Madagascar, there is also a significant vanilla industry in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The region is known for its tropical climate, fertile soil, and abundant rainfall, all of which make it an ideal location for growing vanilla. Small-scale farmers grow the crop and export it to major markets in North America and Europe. These farmers in Guayaquil are facing a number of challenges including climate change, the demand for manual labor and strong competition from larger producers in other parts of the world.
Despite these challenges, the vanilla industry in Ecuador continues to thrive. The region's farmers are known for their commitment to sustainability and the government of Ecuador has also chosen to support the vanilla industry through financing and training as well as investment in infrastructure to help improve transportation and distribution networks.
The Tantalizing Tahitensis Bean from Ecuador
Tahitensis vanilla beans are slightly shorter than other vanilla varieties, around 12-15 cm long and with a moisture content of between 30 and 35%. The beans are also darker in color. Tahitensis vanilla beans are graded based on their length, moisture content, and appearance.
Divine Aromas and Flavoring
Tahitensis vanilla beans are known for their unique flavor and aroma profile. The beans have a fruity, floral, and sweet aroma with notes of cherry, caramel, and anise. The flavor is also fruity and floral, with a creamy and slightly smoky finish. Tahitensis vanilla beans have a lower vanillin content than other vanilla varieties, which gives them a more complex flavor profile.
Tahitensis vanilla beans are used in a variety of Ecuadorian dishes, from desserts to savory dishes. Helado de Paila is a traditional hand-churned ice cream that is made from a mixture of fresh fruit, cream, sugar and vanilla using a large copper pot called a "paila." Another popular dish is Arroz con Leche, a rice pudding made with milk, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. Savory dishes that use vanilla include chicken or fish dishes that are marinated with vanilla and other spices.
The Vanilla Bean Rarity Index > Ultra Rare
The Vanilla Bean Rare Index classifies beans according to their rarity based on location, farmer and vanilla bean type. These Tahitensis Vanilla Beans from Ecuador are hard to find and in limited supply and therefore categorized as Ultra Rare.
Storage of Vanilla Beans
Vanilla beans should be stored in a cool, dark place in an airtight container, separate from other spices. They should be kept away from heat, moisture, light, or air.
Over time, vanilla will generally lose moisture as it evolves. If you follow the above advice, you will be sure to be able to keep your vanilla beans at their aromatic best for 12 to 18 months, so that your vanilla is still soft when you come to use it.
Overall, the Tahitensis Vanilla Bean industry in Guayaquil, Ecuador is an important source of income for many local farmers and businesses, and it is likely to continue to grow in the coming years as demand for high-quality vanilla continues to increase around the world.
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