Madagascar Extract Grade Split Vanilla Beans for Extracts (Late Harvest), Planifolia

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Why Are Split Vanilla Bean So Sought After? These split Grade B vanilla beans from Madagascar also called "late harvest" beans are an indication that it fully ripened on the vine—characterized by higher vanillin content.  The splitting starts at the bottom of the bean ranging from 1–5 centimeters (1/4 to 2 inches), exposing the vanilla seeds inside. Commercial producers of vanilla extract sometimes prefer splits because they indicate higher vanillin content. These types of vanilla beans...
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Why Are Split Vanilla Bean So Sought After?

These split Grade B vanilla beans from Madagascar also called "late harvest" beans are an indication that it fully ripened on the vine—characterized by higher vanillin content. 

The splitting starts at the bottom of the bean ranging from 1–5 centimeters (1/4 to 2 inches), exposing the vanilla seeds inside. Commercial producers of vanilla extract sometimes prefer splits because they indicate higher vanillin content. These types of vanilla beans also have limited availability.

When to Use

  • Extract grade vanilla beans are made for extracting its flavor by brewing into beer, ale, and vanilla extract using a simple Vodka, a food grade ethyl alcohol, or food grade glycerin.

Grade B vanilla beans, also referred to as extract grade vanilla beans, are  dryer than the soft and supple grade A vanilla beans and not as pretty as regular vanilla beans. they are various sizes and have superficial color blemishes.

The aroma is locked deep in the flesh of the extract-grade vanilla bean. The dryness concentrates the flavor and gives you more vanilla beans per pound.

Flavor Profile

Madagascan planifolia variety vanilla beans has the same buttery & creamy flavors as the same variety grown in other countries like Mexico & Indonesia. This vanilla works well in delicate baked goods, with ingredients like apples, peaches, forrest fruits like blueberries & strawberries.

It's flavor also lends itself to savory dishes like eggs, fish & lobster.

And, of course, it's perfect for classic vanilla ice cream. 


How many extract-grade vanilla beans do you need for your extract?
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Making Vanilla Extract.
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Product: Madagascar Extract Grade/Grade B Vanilla Beans, planifolia
Origin: Madagascar
Size: 12-15mm
Harvest: 2021
Color: Chocolate
Vanillin Rate: About 1.7%
Moisture Rate: 15%-18%

Our Ambient-Air Packaging 

We have chosen to package our vanilla in ambient air packaging. The reason is that vacuum packaging can create an environment for anaerobic bacteria to grow. The second reason is that vanilla will continue to cure and develop flavor in natural air. 

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Megan Murray

I wanted to make Vanilla Extract for wedding favors, which means I needed 1 gallon of vanilla extract. So I was looking to buy 1 lb of beans. I've made vanilla extract before, but never at this volume! I really wanted these favors to fit into our wedding budget, and Vanilla Exotics had the best price!! The site was pretty new at the time but I took the chance, and I'm so glad I did because everything arrived as described and the price with their grand opening coupon was exceptional.

The only thing of note was that my 1 lb package of beans was not vacuum sealed, and every other type of bean I've purchased came vacuum sealed. This didn't matter to me because I needed to get them in vodka right away, but if you're buying in bulk to use slowly over time, you might want an alternative storage option when your beans arrive. Or maybe buying in quantities as large as 1 lb never come sealed!

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Bothell Robinson

Once again great products and service, thanks!

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J Caspary

I bought my first order of beans to make vanilla with bourbon not realizing how many beans it took until I researched your how to site. Then I had an idea to make Christmas presents and to try all forms so I ordered more beans and used vodka and rum now I’m shaking daily I’ll let you know how it comes out. And which one is best

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Bryce Lindholm

Great looking product! Just made a traditional, a rum based and brandy based vanilla extracts today. I’m looking forward to using them in 3-6 months!

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Stephen A Rutten

What an awesome product. So fresh, delivered quickly.