Pure ground vanilla is a deliciously scented spice that can be used in variety of ways, and is incredibly high in antioxidants. Each vanilla bean is the hand-pollinated fruit of the Vanilla Tahitensis orchid whose blossoms open for just a few hours, only one day a year. The beans need up to ten months to mature, are then hand-picked and require an additional six months to cure.
Giddy Yoyo’s ground vanilla bean powder is cultivated in Papua New Guinea and their source works directly with family and sustainable growers. Although it is not ‘certified organic’ due to the prohibitive cost of certification for the farmers, no pesticides or chemicals are used in the cultivating of the orchids and curing of the beans. When stored properly the ground vanilla bean powder stays fresher longer than whole beans. Pure ground vanilla is not the same as vanilla powder, which is a combination of sugar or dextrose and ground vanilla or vanilla extract.
What is “real vanilla,” and why is it so expensive? The answer lies in the vanilla bean itself. The quality and attributes of vanilla owe themselves to a multitude of factors. From growing location, to curing procedures, to vanillin content, each cured vanilla bean (or “pod”) is graded on a long list of indicators that help separate quality vanilla products from inferior ones. From beginning to end, science and art must work in unison to create quality vanilla beans. By the end of the process, beans have vanillin contents of anywhere from 1.4%- 2.8%--with the higher-quality beans averaging 2% and above.
Synthetic vanillin, usually referred to as “artificial vanilla,” often packs a lot of vanilla flavouring for a much smaller price. Usually, artificial vanilla is derived from by-products of the paper or petro-chemical industries. It is generally three times as strong as vanilla extract, and is chemically processed from guaiacol, a coaltar derivative. Later, artificial caramel coloring and sometimes sweeteners are added.
Natural vanillin contains over 290 compounds that add to its flavour, with natural vanillin being just one of them. Synthetic vanilla is really just vanillin, and nothing else. So, if you buy artificial vanilla, you’ll miss out on the many wonderful undertones of fragrance and flavour that make vanilla such a complex and desirable flavouring.
Pure Ground Vanilla is a very fragrant product that can be used for color, texture, and flavour. Ground vanilla bean powder is very easy to use. You need just a small amount to add excellent vanilla flavour. You can substitute the ground vanilla for vanilla extract in most recipes: ¼ tsp. vanilla bean powder equals 1 tsp. of vanilla extract.
Add this vanilla to smoothies, melted chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, tea, baked goods, essential oil blends and home-made body care concoctions (such as this soothing face mask).
Ingredients: Uncertified organically cultivated whole ground vanilla beans (Vanilla Tahitensis).
6 Bottles of 10 ml each - Memory and Cognitive Enhancement - B.LXR Brain Fuel is a powerful nootropic (aka brain fuel) formula containing natural compounds to help enhance cognitive function,...
330 g / 11.6 oz - Raw Honey with Propolis, Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen - Bee Powered is roughly 45 servings of hive powered superfoods to fuel your mind and body....
THIS IS GOOD!