Vanilla pods are a rich source of the ever popular vanilla spice, which is often sourced from Tahiti, Mexico or Madagascar. These pods distinctive flavour profile and characteristics depend on the species, climates, soils, and current curing methods in which they're grown.
Where do vanilla pods come from?
This pod-shaped fruit grows on a climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla, which includes approximately one-hundred species native to northern and central regions of South America.
What are vanilla pods used for?
They're ideal for baking with, and add a subtle vanilla flavour to many of your home-baked recipes.
Do vanilla pods expire?
Most vanilla pods should have a shelf life of up to two years when stored correctly in a cool, dry place at room temperature. However, for freshness and the very best vanilla flavour you should try to use them within eight months of purchase.