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Organic Vanilla Beans

Organic Vanilla Beans

Regular price $38.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $38.00 USD
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  • Organically Grown
  • Hand Harvested
  • No Synthetic Chemicals
  • Cured in Small Batches

Gathering Place vanilla beans are fresh, fragrant and rich in flavour. Vanilla planifolia is the only orchid in the world that produces an edible fruit. 

Vanilla beans are the second most expensive spice because of the labor intensive pollination and harvesting process. One vanilla bean can grow from each flower. The vanilla flowers last no more than a day, so the vines must be continually monitored and pollinated. Once pollinated the vanilla flower will wilt and die within hours, and in a few days the vanilla bean will begin to grow in it's place. Even after the plants have produced their pods, they must be checked daily so that each pod is harvested at just the right time. There may be white crystals on the inside or outside of your bean. This is just crystallized vanillin, the compound that gives vanilla beans their flavour.

Organic Vanilla Beans
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Welcome to Gathering Place Trading,

Where We Direct Source the Best Organic Vanilla Beans

About Our Southern India Partners

Gathering Place vanilla beans are grown organically without pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic chemicals. Our beans are grown, hand harvested and cured in small batches cooperative in Southern India. The vanilla is then shipped direct to us, ensuring the farmers are paid a fair wage. The vanilla vines climb up coconut trees, and are often alternated tree for tree with black pepper. It thrives in the moist, partially sunny and hot environment.

Ways to Use Your Vanilla Beans

To use a vanilla bean, cut it in half lengthwise with a sharp knife, and then scrape out the seeds inside. You can use these in your favourite recipes. If you're not using the empty pod, place it in a jar of granulated sugar for a few weeks to make your own vanilla sugar, or lay the pods over halved pieces of fruit baked in the oven for a scrumptious dessert. You can also use the pods to make your own vanilla extract. Just chop them up, place in a mason jar and cover with vodka or brandy. Let it sit for 6 weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain and use in your favourite baking.

Planet Over Profit

1% of Every Sale of Organic Vanilla Beans Goes to Nurturing the Environment

While some brands only "give back" from their profits (i.e. money earned after expenses and owners' incomes), we at Gathering Place donate one percent of all our sales to important, grassroots initiatives that directly improve the lives of the people who farm these spices, herbs, and tea.

Learn more about our farm partners and donation commitments on our about page.

Why Buy From Gathering Place Trading?

Our Core Principles

Eco-Friendly & Sustainable

The Gathering Place ingredients are organically grown, hand-blended, handpicked and sustainably harvested worldwide to protect our planet.

Farmer-Direct Ingredients

We travel the world to create partnerships with small family farms to provide the freshest ingredients, with no mass production and no middle man.

Fair Trade & Fair Pay

All Gathering Place farmers, families and partners are fairly paid and treated with integrity and love.

Family-Led Business

Not only are we a family business, but we grow our own products and every member of the family holds an essential role.

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