You are here: DIME Home > Food & Drink > A Short Guide to Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans

A Short Guide to Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans

The origin of vanilla beans can be traced back to Pre-Columbian society, in the region that forms modern day Mexico.

Author: Sarah Neil
Date: Feb 20, 2012 - 2:30:29 AM

Printer FriendlyPrinter friendly page

Whether resting with an indulgently rich and dark coffee or tucking into the veritable naughtiness of a sweet baked cake, vanilla beans have a way of tickling your taste buds whilst sending your senses to a new level. From humble beginnings in South America to today’s highly sought after Madagascar equivalent, the taste of vanilla has intrigued and impressed both the cooking connoisseur and kitchen laymen alike. Today, Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans are available through the internet, allowing you to enjoy the perfect vanilla taste without having to resort to a poorly-made essence.

Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans: a Brief History

The origin of vanilla beans can be traced back to Pre-Columbian society, in the region that forms modern day Mexico. Orchid plants were utilized by the likes of the Aztec and Totonac nations thanks to their containing sweet tasting beans, rich in vanillin. These beans were cultivated and, just as today, used as flavoring in certain food dishes and drinks. Following the Spanish conquest of South America, it is said that Hernán Cortés returned to Europe with vanilla.

The orchid plants were pollinated by a native species of bee. As such, vanilla beans were exclusive to Mexico for centuries. The discovery of hand pollination (the simple act of using a stick to remove the pollen of a male and insert it into a female plant) however opened up the possibility of growing orchids in other locations across the globe.

Today Madagascar, a large island located off of the east coast of the African continent, is the number one harvester of vanilla beans. Its specialty, Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans, are exported globally and recognized as some of the best examples of their kind. A number of other Indian Ocean nations, including the island of Reunion, have been known to produce similar beans.

Vanilla Beans: a Treat in Your Kitchen

Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans should be a feature in any kitchen. Whilst an assortment of herbs and spices are more common, few are able to add zest to both food dishes and drinks. The addition of just a few seeds in your cake mixture adds a new dynamic to baking, whilst whole vanilla beans transform ice cream from ‘boring’ vanilla to a delicious flavor worth writing home about.

Regardless of season, be it winter or summer, the addition of vanilla beans to your favorite drink enhances flavor whilst offering a sense of luxury. Whether using the beans themselves or adding a teaspoon of home-made vanilla sugar your morning coffee or evening hot chocolate become sumptuousness. On those fortunate days when the sun shines, add a few seeds to some milk and ice cream and enjoy the perfect vanilla milkshake.

It doesn’t have to cease there either. The rich aroma that accompanies vanilla beans, before and after cutting, is enough to add a somewhat unique scent to your kitchen. Like the smell of baking, a trace of vanilla in the air makes the kitchen that much more appealing.

Vanilla Beans: a Convenient Approach

The kitchen need not be limited to just beans either. Authentic vanilla extract, made directly from Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans, offers a fine, easy-to-store alternative that is equally as delicious when added to desserts and beverages. It’s also compatible with other extracts, including those derived from fruits. Best of all though, it’s one of a number of vanilla formats that allow you to save time and effort.

Those that find de-seeding a bean too finicky or time-consuming may prefer to utilize vanilla paste. This time-saving ingredient will enhance the richness of your cooking and baking in the same manner that whole of a bean does.

Likewise powder created from Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans. This is another timesaving method of adding exquisite taste to food and drink. The fine powder, which is cut to a similar size as granulated sugar, offers completely natural flavors that add some pizazz to your home kitchen as well as those professional bakeries and restaurants.

Be it bean, extract, paste or powder, the taste of vanilla is assured to enhance just about anything it is added to. What’s more, vanilla beans, particularly those Madagascan Bourbons, offer a natural ingredient free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners and flavors.

Looking for Authentic Italian Recipes and Gourmet Italian Food? Check Olive Nation for healthy foods for you and your family. Sarah Neil enthuastic about recipes feature vanilla. Check out these fabulous Authentic Italian Reciepies  to make using vanilla beans.

View all articles by Sarah Neil

Link to this article:

Code to copy: <a href="">A Short Guide to Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans</a>

Related Articles...

Building Your Own Barbecue

Jul 7, 2011 - 10:56:01 AM

Building Your personal Gas Barbecue... [Read the full story]

Paul Martin’s American Bistro Expands its Popular “Taste of Paul Martin’s” Menu

Jun 22, 2011 - 11:00:48 AM

Paul Martin’s American Bistro has created an expanded “Taste of Paul Martin’s” menu featuring $4 and $8 small plates, wines and specialty drinks available from 3-7 pm daily.  The affordable menu highlights the simple yet delicious farm-to-table foods that are the heart and soul of the restaurant.  Guests can enjoy the amazing flavors of menu dishes like smoked salmon lettuce cups, shredded beef tacos on hand-made rolled corn tortillas made fresh in-house every day, cider-maple chicken skewers, and   slow-cooked pork ribs for only $4.  Mesquite grilled steak skewers with arugula and pineapple salsa, crispy fried chicken and fries and hand-rolled, made to order Thai fresh vegetable rolls round out the menu at $8 per plate.... [Read the full story]

Crazy Beer Apps for the Summer for You!

Jun 20, 2011 - 8:26:56 AM

I present to you some interesting beer apps which will help you sip your beer virtually or find beer on tap. It is easy to find draft beer and craft beer too!... [Read the full story]

Barbecues - not just a meat feast!

Jun 1, 2011 - 5:58:22 AM

BBQs - not just a meat feast... [Read the full story]

Newest Articles in Popular Topics:

Business & Marketing Computers & the Internet Entertainment Health & Fitness
Finding Ways To Save Money And Maximize Revenue In Business
Cooper's Golf Park Tees Off Their New Website
Fiinovation Adjudged CSR Team of the Year & Caring Company at World CSR Day
Reasons Why Kale Realty is the Best Real Estate Firm in All of Chicago
Montreal Tech Startup Kangaroo Rewards Launches Mobile Loyalty Program for Local Merchants
It is time we break out of the SEO Shelter
3 Strong Reasons You Should Start Your Own Blog
Evolve Your Career With CompTIA A+ Certification Exam
High speed VMware Backups - Powered by UltraBlaze(™) from Vembu
Things to Consider When Selecting a Domain Name for Your Website
Fling Boom "Launches" This Holiday Season
Beautiful Abstract Canvas Art is Up for Grabs
Buying Art as a Gift: Tips From an Expert
Complete Guide to the 2014 Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival Released by Jackson Mountain Homes
Learn Blues Music Online-Alternative to Traditional Piano Lessons
Causes and Treatment of Acne
What Type Of Constipation Home Remedies Are There?
Manual Wheelchairs: Buying One
Instant Facelift with Dental Implants
Lasik Surgery Leading Correction Of Vision Issues

Home & Family



Enhance Your Learning Experience Through Best Responsive Elearning Development Tools
Best Apps for Learning German
Esvees is Cranbourne's Elite Hair Dressing Company
Ozone Generator
Practical Tips When Choosing Gates and Gate Openers for Your Home or Business
Why Cases are Required for Mobile Phones?
Are Dealership Services Worth It?
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Named Must-Shop SUV for Towing from
Online Selling With An Appraisal Advantage
Macsome AudioBook Converter released New Version V2.0.4
Aditi Ashok signs off with a double
Softball Coaching: Avoid Becoming A Nattering Nabob of Negativity
Softball Coaching Tips - The Funnel Approach
Pick Up Specialized Advice on Jumping Exercises Which Are Highly Effective
Vertical Jump Training Tactics to Increase Your Athletic Performance
Tips for Choosing the Right Paris Short Lets
Hostels - the best choice for working womens and college students
Perfect holiday? Book a cruise and sail in Croatia!
Say Aloha to Your Best Vacation Ever with Kohala Coast Properties
The Perfect Guide for a Fantastic Family Trip to Kansas City


Follow & Share Your Favorite Video Articles

Tell a Friend About This Site

Chamber of Commerce - on the Web logo

Subscribe to the eMarket SmartsTM Newsletter in order to keep up to date with what's happening with, get the emails on new video articles, featured articles, and more. Your privacy is always protected. We never rent, sell or trade your private information


Service provided by GetResponse Autoresponders

Recommended Associates

Latest Articles in All Categories

Putting Up a Small Commercial Printing Business
So You Might Be Unemployed And Desire To Become A San Francisco Real Estate Investor Now
Meditation and Mindfulness: Dealing With Emotion
CPA Websites: Five Essential Ideas for Composing Convincing Articles
Set Goals In Order to Come Up With Your Action Plan
Is the Air in Your Home Safe to Breathe?
Coarse Fishing Tackle Review: The JW Young 13ft Trotter Rod
Section 1031 Exchanges For San Diego Real Estate Investors
Phoenix Real Estate Investing For Highest Possible Earnings
Legendary are the Volk Racing TE37 Wheels
Developing the Next Generation Wall Station (ChaseDesk™) for Healthcare - A Case Study
What are step down transformers?
Introducing Sharehype, the Revolutionary Tool for Online Marketers
Rewards To Shopping For Austin Real Estate On The Web
Hydroponics for Beginners

Do you write?

Would you like submit your articles and have them approved on a priority status? Find out more about how you can become a Priority author for pennies a day! Click here. Home
  • Business (9328)
  • Computers & The Internet (5740)
  • Entertainment (1348)
  • Family (958)
  • Finance (1963)
  • Health (4246)
  • Home and Living (6670)
  • Marketing (6113)
  • Shopping & Product Reviews (2624)
  • Sports (694)
  • Travel and Vacations (1689)
  • Video Articles (1)
  • Editors Pick (1)