|Gourmet - Grade A
|5-7 inches | 13-18cm
|Vegan, Gluten Free, Halal, Non-GMO ,Kosher
|Bean Flavor Profile
|reminiscent of ginger, nutmeg and hints of cinnamon.
|Soft and sweet vanilla with hints of tropical flowers
|Recommended Extract Spirit:
|Vodka, Rums, Bourbons, Brandy
|Extract Making, Baking, Cooking, Breweries, Cocktails
|baked cakes, cookies, bread, or ice cream. They also make great chocolate desserts and custards.
Welcome to Dili in Timor-Leste!
Ever heard of a city called Dili? It is the capital of Timor-Leste, a country formerly known as East Timor with a history of resistance against Portuguese colonialism and Indonesian occupation. Dili is known for its world class scuba diving sites, stunning coral reefs and beautiful beaches with clear blue water and white sandy beaches. The city also offers traditional markets that offer a glimpse into its vibrant culture and local cuisine.
Dili is also a vanilla-growing region, and its Planifolia Vanilla Bean is highly sought after by chefs and foodies around the world.
History of Vanilla Cultivation in Dili
Coffee has always been the traditional crop grown in Timor-Leste but with falling prices, the country has chosen in recent times to diversify its agricultural offering and grow the Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla variety derived from the Vanilla Planifolia species. The country has favorable climate conditions for the cultivation of vanilla.
However vanilla is a labor intensive crop that requires training and long term vision. Fortunately, there are a number of organizations both foreign and local, that together with the support of the Timorese government, are looking to improve the existing vanilla industry through training, support and mentoring in financial literacy as well as farming techniques. The goal is to improve the livelihoods of the farmers by generating a sustainable income.
The Perfect Planifolia Bean from Dili
The Planifolia Vanilla Bean grown in Dili is a long, thin, and plump bean with a rich, dark brown color. The vanilla bean is known for its high moisture content of between 28% and 35%. The beans are around 13-18 cm in length.
Divine Aromas and Flavoring
Timor vanilla beans have a strong sweet vanilla scent, almost as if nature added a pinch of sugar. There are also soft hints of tropical fruits. The flavor is reminiscent of ginger and nutmeg with a touch of cinnamon.
Vanilla is not a commonly used ingredient in traditional cuisine. While Timor-Leste is known for its rich and diverse culinary traditions, vanilla is not an everyday ingredient in cooking and baking. That said, here are a few examples of local dishes in Timor-Leste that do use vanilla.
Bolu Kaku is a popular fluffy sponge cake that is typically flavored with vanilla whilst pineapple slices are often caramelized with brown sugar and served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Coconut Cream Custard is a sweet and creamy dish made with vanilla infused coconut milk, served cold and garnished with shredded coconut.
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 Planifolia Vanilla Beans from Dili are grown in a remote region and are hard to find. They are therefore in limited supply. According to the Native Vanilla Rare Index they are classified 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.
In conclusion, Vanilla Beans from Timor-Leste are of the highest quality and have a rich, dark aroma, frequently the choice of chefs and food lovers world wide.
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