The 4 Kinds of Vanilla Beans to Know

Just like wine grapes, vanilla beans develop different flavors depending on where they’re grown.
Just like wine grapes, vanilla beans develop different flavors depending on where they’re grown. In honor of National Vanilla Ice Cream day, we asked Beth and Craig Nielsen, siblings and owners at Nielsen-Massey to tell us about the four types of vanilla beans and extracts you’re likely to encounter.

Madagascar Bourbon beans come from Madagascar’s Bourbon islands, and their sweet, creamy flavor is what we tend to think of as classic. This is a great all-purpose vanilla for using in any sweet or savory dish, say the Nielsens.

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