Organic Vanilla Planifolia (Givrée Vanilla) from Reunion Island, also known as Bourbon Vanilla, is obtained through a careful refining method that requires 12 to 24 months of aging. This method allows the development of vanillin crystals, which give vanilla its characteristic givrée texture. The beans are typically thick, dark brown or black and have an extremely aromatic, oily profile with smooth fruit flavors and notes of caramel.
This vanilla is great for desserts and pastries as it enhances the taste of chocolate, coffee and caramel. It can also be used in savory dishes such as sauces for duck or lamb dishes. It is recommended to incorporate the vanilla in the final stages of cooking to keep the crystals intact and retain their full flavor.
Reunion Island Organic Vanilla Planifolia (Givrée Vanilla) has a moisture content of 30% and a vanillin content of +/- 4.9%. The beans measure around 16 cm and weigh an average of 3 g, with around 330 beans making up a kilo. This vanilla is highly sought after by cooks and chefs due to its rarity and powerful aroma. The IGP certification also ensures that it is grown and processed on Reunion Island, guaranteeing its quality and authenticity.