Product: Vanilla Pod Powder
Latin Name: Vanilla planifolia
Plant Family: Orchidaceae
Other Names: , Bourbon Vanilla, Flat-Leaved Vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla, Common Vanilla, Mexican Vanilla, Réunion Vanilla, Tahiti Vanilla, Vainilla, Vanille, Vanille de Bourbon, Vanille du Mexique, Vanille de Tahiti, Vanillin.
Description: Our vanilla powder is a wonderfully fragrant ingredient to add to custards, desserts, cakes, sweet sauces, confectionary and biscuits, made from pure finely ground vanilla pods from Indonesia. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, due to the highly labour intensive process that is used to create, harvest and cure the pods. Vanilla is a perennial, herbaceous tropical climbing vine native to Mexico, also cultivated in Africa and Indonesia which reaches a height of up to 10 metres. The vine attaches itself to host plants via its long fleshy aerial roots. The leaves are alternate, dark green in colour, linear, fleshy, and form in the nodes along the stem. The 5-petaled flowers form in clusters and are greenish to creamy-yellow in colour, approximately 5cm in diameter with a trumpet shape in the centre. The flowers last for a day then the petals drop leaving behind the seedpod which is known as a bean, the pods green when immature, ripening to dark blackish brown, once ripe they are heavily fragrant with the scent of vanilla.
For best results store your vanilla powder in a cool dark place. To use, add as much powder as your recipe requires. Stir the powder in to sugar to make vanilla sugar and why not try a culinary twist for baking by making vanilla scented salt to add to your baking recipes where salt is required?
Vanilla powder can be used to flavour milk based puddings such as ice creams, crème brûlée and custards, they can be added to chocolate and sweet bread recipes, cakes and biscuits.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.