Originating on Bourbon Island (now called Reunion Island) in the Indian Ocean off the East Coast of Africa, the process for producing the best vanilla beans in the world now refers to beans grown and cured in the nearby islands: Madagascar, the Comoros Islands and Reunion.
The vanilla extract that can be bought on the supermarket shelf is called single fold extract. The government (through the FDA) actually regulates the amount of vanilla beans that must be used in order for a product to be labeled as Pure Vanilla Extract.
In the case of single fold vanilla extract, it's a little more than 3/4 pound of vanilla beans per gallon of alcohol. Vanilla extract is 35% alcohol, or 70 proof!
Double fold vanilla extract contains double the amount of vanilla beans per gallon. It is more expensive, but you get more vanilla flavor for the amount used.
Try some today! Great for baking, desserts, ice cream, etc.
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