You can’t really describe yourself as a vanilla lover until you have tried a whole vanilla bean. They are more fragrant and robust than extracts, and prettier to look at than the wood pulp some companies use to produce their vanilla flavors. These beans are pliable and bend without snapping, with a dark brown to nearly black uniform color that is just slightly oily to the touch. Vanilla is second only to saffron in terms of cost of the spice because they are a very labor-intensive crop. Despite this, vanilla beans are highly coveted for their flavor.
Madagascar vanilla beans have another name- Bourbon vanilla beans.
Madagascar Vanilla Beans are both rich and sweet in flavor and have a lovely aroma.