Vanilla Extract vs. Vanilla Bean Comparison
What is the difference between vanilla extract and vanilla bean?
The main difference between vanilla extract and vanilla bean is their physical form. Vanilla beans are actually used to infuse vanilla extract. In fact, if you have vodka and vanilla beans, you can create your own DIY vanilla extract at home.
Vanilla beans are not beans at all–they are in fact seed pods from the orchid species vanilla planifolia. This is the species that is grown in Madagascar. The variety: vanilla tahitensis is the type that is grown in Tahiti and has aroma undertones of dried cherry. Vanilla bean paste is also known as vanilla caviar and can be used in many different dishes, sauces, and syrups for a strong vanilla flavor.
What are good recipes for vanilla extract?
We have fantastic recipes featuring vanilla extract including old fashioned cheesecake, brownies, zucchini bread, and holiday pound cake.
What are good recipes for vanilla beans?
Some great recipes that use vanilla bean include old fashioned eggnog, vanilla bean caramel sauce, and holiday pound cake. And for unique savory dish options try this chipotle vanilla salmon recipe or this truffled Tahitian duck recipe. Let us know in the comments if you make any of these recipes!
What is the difference between vanilla extract and powdered vanilla bean?
Vanilla extract is an alcohol-infused ingredient while vanilla powder is pure vanilla beans that are dried and ground into powder form.
Where can I learn more about vanilla extract?
The Spice House has taken a deep dive into Madagascar vanilla beans and Tahitian vanilla beans. Check those blog posts to learn more about vanilla beans and vanilla extract.
Where to buy vanilla extract
We carry a few different types of vanilla extracts: Mexican vanilla extract, Tahitian vanilla extract, and Madagascar vanilla extract. They are each unique to their geography but all have complex and floral vanilla flavoring.