Vanilla


With its sweet and delectable aroma and creamy notes, Vanilla is often regarded as the world's most popular flavour. It is also the most widely used flavouring used in baking, confectionery, desserts, and ice cream which is why it is sometimes referred to as a "baker’s best friend."

Premium, all-natural Vanilla is also the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron, and for good reason as explained below. 

Where Does Vanilla Come From?

Vanilla is derived from the cured unripened pods or "vanilla beans" grown from orchids from various species of the genus Vanilla.  One particular species Vanilla Planifolia (also known as the flat-leaved vanilla or Vanilla Fragrans) — is the source of 90% of the pure vanilla on the market.

Native to Mexico and Belize, Vanilla Planifolia can only grow in hot, wet, tropical climates and premium vanilla is only grown commercially in four main regions: Veracruz, Mexico, Tahiti, Indonesia, and Madagascar. Much like wine, vanilla beans derive their quality, flavour profile, and unique characteristics from the terroir of the region it originates from.  This is not only due to differences in climate and soil but also from the unique, time-honored methods of cultivation, harvest, and curing that each region practices.

How Does Vanilla Vary Across Regions?

Mexican Vanilla is the original birthplace of the vanilla plant and where it was first cultivated. The flavour profile of Mexican Vanilla Beans have a mellow, smooth quality and a spicy, woody fragrance with more earthy aroma notes.

Madagascar Vanilla (also known as Bourbon Vanilla) is where two-thirds of the world’s vanilla is produced, making it by far the most common and popular variety. Madagascar vanilla is derived from the same plant species as Mexican vanilla but unlike Mexico where the plants are pollinated by bees Madagascar vanilla must be hand pollinated by skilled farmers.

Hand selected at their ripest to develop distinctive flavor and aroma, our farmers in Mexico and Madagascar produce some of the world’s finest vanilla and we deliver it to you directly from our farms to your kitchen. Our offerings include Vanilla Beans, Powder, Extract, Pastes, Sugars, and blends made with Sea Salt and Sea Salt With Chilli.

    Vanilla Extract/Paste, Bourbon from Madagascar

    Vanilla extract or paste are most probably the most aromatic intensifiers for your desserts.

    No sugar, synthetic, imitation flavors or chemicals are added to this pure vanilla extract. Madagascar Bourbon...

    £23.00

    Vanilla extract or paste are most probably the most aromatic intensifiers for your desserts. No sugar, synthetic, imitation flavors or chemicals ar...

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    Vanilla Powder, Bourbon from Madagascar

    Our vanilla powder is going to blow your mind!

    An all-natural, sugar-free, and alcohol-free powder, which comes from the dry crushing of the best quality vanilla bourbon...

    from £14.00

    Our vanilla powder is going to blow your mind! An all-natural, sugar-free, and alcohol-free powder, which comes from the dry crushing of the best ...

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    Vanilla Beans - Whole

    Vanilla Beans, from Mexico

    We all love that nostalgic feeling we get when we scoop into our favourite vanilla ice-cream. And we all definitely agree that fresh and high quality ingredients make all the difference.

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    We all love that nostalgic feeling we get when we scoop into our favourite vanilla ice-cream. And we all definitely agree that fresh and high quali...

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