Products and ingredients: vanilla

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Vanilla is a spice produced by a kind of orchid, originally from South America. After harvesting and treatment it is sold in the form of black pods about 4 inches long.

Vanilla can be found in different forms: beans (pods) - the best kind, and in liquid essence or powder extract.

The best vanilla (it is said) comes from the islands of Madagascar and Réunion in the Indian ocean, so called "Bourbon Vanilla " (on the right in the photo), but many other places in the world produce vanilla.

In particular Tahiti produces a special kind with large and very fragrant beans (on the left in the photo).

If you intend to buy:

Buy pods as thick as possible and supple to the touch, as this is a sign of freshness and quality. See my best addresses on this subject.

If you want to use it:

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Recipes which use it: 27, of which:
PanettoneFruit saladPears in red wine with blackcurrant Chocolate cream with a crunch, irish coffee mousseCrème brulée
PanettoneFruit saladPears in red wine with blackcurrant Chocolate cream with a crunch, irish coffee mousseCrème brulée

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Is the rind edible once cooked, specifically oven baked?
Posted by Juls january 14th 2012 at 22:41 (n° 1)
Rind of what?
Posted by jh january 16th 2012 at 08:40 (n° 2)
what are the ingredients of a jar of griottines? are there any chemicals, additives, flavourings,aromas?
Posted by trebor august 11th 2013 at 20:48 (n° 3)
No, there is nothing more than: cherry, sugar and alcohol (for good griottines of course :-).
Posted by jh august 12th 2013 at 09:40 (n° 4)
Thanks for posting this Potato flour. I like it to prepare my indian dish.
Posted by Anonymous january 22th 2015 at 12:44 (n° 5)
Can I use potentiometer mash powder to make cutlets?
Posted by Emma january 29th 2015 at 13:46 (n° 6)

By "mash powder" do you mean mash potato powder?
If so, yes you can, see how to on this chicken recipe : chicken breasts in a potato crust.
Posted by jh january 29th 2015 at 17:35 (n° 7)
What make is the popato and where can I buy it
Posted by Jim january 28th 2018 at 21:36 (n° 8)
It's potato...
Posted by jh january 29th 2018 at 11:42 (n° 9)
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