Choose either 2 or 12 extra-long, plump, glossy, gourmet vanilla beans for your needs.
The Ndali vanilla beans are loved by UK celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for their potent flavour.
The fine beans will add vanilla notes with subtle tones of spice & warm butterscotch. Cured in small artisanal batches on the Ndali Estate in Uganda
Vanilla Pod Ideas
- Take the tiny seeds from the vanilla pod (vanilla ‘caviar’!) to add flavour and make whipped cream, custard sauce, or pastry cream look better.
- Vanilla pods are great for soaking in milk to make sauces, ice cream, or milkshakes. The creamy colours and smooth textures get better with the yummy vanilla flavours and the speckled look of the black seeds.
- After using the pods in a custard, you can put them in a jar of coffee beans or sugar to make them taste good over a few weeks.
- Use vanilla pods in baked fruit, poached pears, or fruit crumbles.
- Put a vanilla pod in your tea with fresh mint for a tasty herbal tea.
- Drop a pod into your favourite vodka or vinegar for a unique flavour.
- Try using vanilla pods in savoury dishes. They go well with fish, chicken, pork, as well as tomatoes, potatoes, and pumpkin.
“We have been using Ndali Vanilla in the River Cottage kitchen for some time now, and I can confidently say it is some of the best I have ever come across. The pods arrive beautifully supple and are bursting with tiny sticky seeds. The scent is rich and intense, and the flavour deep, long lasting and absolutely true. It particularly shines out in our panna cotta, which we serve with a lightly sweetened compote of seasonal forced rhubarb.”
These are long vanilla beans (17-21cm). They are processed in small batches to bring out warm butterscotch, spicy, and honey notes. Ndali blanch, sweat, and reheat them in the sun, then let them ferment in wooden boxes for months.
The beans come in a cool attractive, aluminum tube that you might not want to throw away. People use them for storing pencils, drill bits, paperclips, and even flower vases.
How to use them:
- Cut the pod open and scrape out the seeds for your recipe.
- Also, try soaking the leftover pod in your recipe because a lot of the flavor is in the pod itself.
- Quick tip: Rinse used pods and put them in sugar, tea, or coffee for a nice aroma over a few weeks.
- Size: 19cm x 2.2cm
- Packaging: The aluminum pot is recyclable.
- Allergen info: No dairy, gluten, eggs, peanuts, or soy.
- Storage: Keep them in the dark, in their tube or an airtight container, away from heat, and don’t refrigerate.