Vanilla pods contain the seed from the vanilla orchid plant. Real vanilla, like this, is expensive as each plant must be pollinated individually by hand. Then the green pods must be cured in the sun over several days, raised to high temperatures and 'sweated' in cloth to achieve the complex balance of sugars and aromatics, then dried and straightened out for several weeks. This process also transforms the green seed pods into the characteristic wrinkly, dark-brown pods.
Slice open a vanilla pod lengthwise. Inside you’ll find thousands of tiny, fragrant seeds. A good vanilla pod should be flexible and slightly moist. For any recipe that calls for vanilla extract, you can replace it with fresh vanilla pod seeds. Use the scraped out pods for infusing maple syrup, salt and sugar.
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