MADAGASCAN BOURBON VANILLA PODS 8G
Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar concentrates an aromatic power with the flavours of childhood in its two pods. Use the 2 Bourbon Vanilla pods in your desserts by infusing them in milk or sugar. You can also collect their precious seeds to flavour a butter that will soften fish and shellfish.
Vanilla is a Vanillia Planifolia orchid, the cultivation of which requires constant attention and delicacy. It is the only botanically known edible orchid. This white flower grows at the end of a vine which rests on a supporting tree, generally a mango tree or an avocado tree. It flowers only three years after planting; you must wait eight months for the pod to ripen to harvest it. Its pollination is done entirely by hand, and it is a step that requires a lot of work.
The aroma of the pods comes from vanillin, an aromatic aldehyde that comes in the form of white crystals. The higher the vanillin content, the more influential the odour and taste power of a pod! Bourbon vanilla, or vanilla from Madagascar, is distinguished by its aromas of milk chocolate. Both floral and lightly roasted, Madagascar vanilla offers a variety of camphorous and empyreumatic aromas.
Vanilla originated in Mexico, where the Aztecs used it to sweeten the bitterness of chocolate. This "black flower" was introduced by Cortès in 1521. Later, Louis XIV fell in love with it and wanted to cultivate it on Bourbon Island. However, the vine flowered but gave no fruit because it had to be fertilized by a bee which existed only in Mexico. It was not until 1850 that Edmond Albius discovered how to pollinate the flower manually. Vanilla growing was then introduced around 1880 to Nosy Bé in Madagascar.
This vanilla from Madagascar, selected by Terre Exotique, comes from a high-quality culture. They only choose “Gourmet” or “TK” label pods, depending on the country. The vanilla pods must be oily, plump, fleshy, full-bodied, and black or dark brown. Preparing a good quality pod takes between 6 and 12 months, and then the pod must be matured for at least 90 days.
Before opening, the tube should be kept in a cool, dry place. Once opened, we recommend you keep your vanilla in the fridge to stop it from drying out.
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|EXPRESS BY END OF DAY (Tues-Sat)||£8.50|
|EXPRESS BY 10.30AM (Tues-Fri)||£18.50|
|EXPRESS BY 1PM (Tues-Fri)||£12.50|
|SATURDAY BY 1PM||£24.50|
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CHANGES TO YOUR DELIVERY
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For the shipping fresh and frozen goods we use high quality mixed recyclable insulated packaging to keep your products perfect through the courier network.
To keep frozen goods at the correct temperature we use a safe alternative to dry ice. These gel packs freeze to a temperature of -45° and stay frozen for an extended period of time. Completely food safe and fully recyclable/reusable.
JERSEY, ISLE OF MAN & NORTHERN IRELAND
Jersey or Isle Of Man delivery days are Tuesday to Friday from £35. Please select the Jersey option at the checkout.
For Northern Ireland please select our standard shipping service. We do not deliver on to Northern Ireland on Saturdays.
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TRANSIT TIMES & PACKAGING
All ingredients that we sell are hand selected choosing from the best product available.
We only use premium express courier services and aim to have produce out of our hands and into yours in the shortest possible time.
All perishable goods orders are safely packed in thick, wool lined, insulated boxes with Eco friendly Ice packs, guaranteeing freshness for a minimum of 2 full days in transit. Much longer in colder seasons.
The vast majority of frozen food shipments arrive frozen but we cannot guarantee this. In the event that your order has defrosted it should still be at a very low temperature when you receive it and therefore fine to put in straight in your freezer. Refreezing is only unsafe if the product has reached 8°c. It is worth mentioning that supermarkets routinely sell defrosted food as "fresh", with the advice that it may be frozen when you get home.
All fresh truffles are sent in a foil resealable pack with an absorbent paper. This is suitable for storing in your fridge. If storing truffles for more than a few days we recommend wrapping them in paper towel or using a Tuberpac. Fresh truffles are always best consumed as soon as possible.