The History Of Vanilla

Vanilla (Vanilla tahitensis and V. Planifolia) is wonderfully spicy and sweet flavouring, it is created from the vanilla orchid. The vanilla orchid is one of only a few edible orchids in the world. It has long been recognised that vanilla…

Vanilla Tips

Making Your Own Vanilla Sugar: As a chef I hate wastage, so I use vanilla pods that I have already used for making something else, for instance used in making a classic crème anglaise (custard). Simply after infusion of the vanilla pod in…

Storing Vanilla

When stored correctly, vanilla beans will actually improve their quality over time. Because it's unlikely that you will be able to find the 'ideal' conditions, following these guidelines will keep your vanilla in excellent condition: Location Keep…

Choosing Vanilla

The best quality vanilla beans regardless of where they are coming from, are dark skinned, soft and pliable. They should have a rich aroma. You should avoid beans with very little scent and beans which are smoky, brittle, dry or mildewed. Bourbon…

A Brief Description

Vanilla is used as a flavouring in many foods we buy today. Yet most of our experiences with real vanilla are very limited especially in the UK. More and more people today are asking; "What is Real Vanilla?", because up to now vanilla was an…