Oh thank flippy, I found some pictures I’d loaded previously and hadn’t posted yet. Any way, here are some more pictures of the vanilla beans I purchased off of eBay from Vanilla Products USA. The photo above is 1 lb of Grade B Tahitian vanilla beans.
I also bought half of a pound of Madagascar Grade B vanilla beans (the kind of beans usually used in vanilla extract), and then they tossed in a 1/4 lb of Grade A Tahitian beans for free.
The Tahitian vanilla beans are much different from Madagascar vanilla beans. They are a little more delicate. Floral is a term I’ve heard used to describe them, and that’s not entirely inaccurate. I also keep thinking Play-Doh – something reminds me a little bit of that combo of flour, salt, and water. That’s probably wildly inaccurate, but I just can’t get it out of my head.
I would have a very hard time telling the Tahitians apart if they weren’t kept in separate baggies. The Madagascar is easy to tell because of its smell, but if I had two kinds I’d be hard pressed to pick out the grades, I bet.
Wasn’t that hard? Did you get it right? If you did, you are a Super Vanilla Beanie! Way to go!
The Madagascar might look a little small, which might be why it is a Grade B. Sure, it is shorter, but still plenty flavorful. I don’t mind the little guys. And these beans are purchased by weight and not size/quantity, so it doesn’t really matter.
I have to say, the hardest thing I’ve come across with these beans is that I seem to have run out of recipes to use them in! I have vanilla bean usage-block. HALP!