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Vanilla pod

Vanilla is a flavoring derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla native to Mexico. Vanilla is used in two main forms: the seeds of the vanilla pod and the extract made from the seeds.

Vanilla pods or beans[]

Vanilla pods or beans are sometimes used whole to flavour things like sugar or alcohol. Other times they are split and their tiny seeds are extracted to be used as a flavouring.

Vanilla extract[]

vanilla extract brands

Vanilla extract is used mainly in baking to impart a distinctive flavour to baked goods. It is also used to flavour ice cream and even as a perfume. It can be purchased in pure form or artificial, the latter being less expensive, but considered inferior by some. It usually contains a high percentage of alcohol and may be dark-coloured or clear.