Ty and Cate Wears are the founders of Wears Market. We make our products in small batches using the highest quality ingredients. Our unique process produces deliciously concentrated extracts which enhance the flavor of any recipe and will elevate your cooking.
Vanilla originated in Mexico around the 15th century and according to Wikipedia "...Aztecs used vanilla as a flavoring for chocolate in drinks called xocohotl." Vanilla beans are actually the fruit of orchids. The orchid flowers must be hand pollinated to produce fruit. There are only 2 species of orchids which produce vanilla beans and they are Vanilla planifolia and Vanilla tahitensis.
Another thing to note is they only grow in tropical places between 20 degrees North and South of the equator.
Also known as gourmet beans. These beans are at least 5 inches (13 cm) long and have a moisture content of at least 25%. They have a dark brown color, straight with no cracking or blemishes. They are soft & pliable to the touch.
Ideal Use: Ice cream, baking, cooking and making extract.
Also known as extract beans. These beans are less than 5 inches (13 cm) long and have a moisture content of less than 25%. They are dark brown in color, show signs of cracking, have blemishes and may not be straight. They are drier and less pliable to the touch.
Ideal Use: Making vanilla extract, vanilla paste or vanilla powder.
Vanilla beans have different flavor profiles based on the species, where they are grown and how they are cured.
Some of the most popular vanilla flavor profiles are Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Indonesian, Mexico and Tahitian.
Vanilla has over 300 flavor compounds making it an exceptional flavor enhancer. We recommend adding vanilla to a recipe which has any of the ingredients below.
Many other ingredients pair well with vanilla. Check out the book "The Flavor Bible" written by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg