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03 Nov 2009

Vanilla beans are pleasantly fragrant. The bean is the pod of the orchid native to central America and originated from Mexico. It is available as beans and essence.

Use: Known for its flavour, it is added to desserts, puddings, drinks, sugar, syrups, cakes, biscuits and creams. It is a favourite in custard deserts and to infuse hot milk and sugar. Vanilla sugar can be made by placing vanilla beans in a jar of sugar and sealing it for a couple of days. Vanilla essence or extract is the concentrated liquid extract of vanilla pods which can be used as flavouring in place of the real thing.


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