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Vanilla Bean Purveyor?

Molly James | Oct 24, 2011 08:41 AM

I've looked at all the prior thread on Chowhound related to vanilla beans and it looks like the 2 most recommended online purveyors are Vanilla Products USA and Saffron-Vanilla Imports

I'm looking to get a pound of Grade A Bourbon (Planifolia) beans for baking, general cooking, extract making and gift giving.

Vanilla Beans USA lists both the grade and region grown. Saffron-Vanilla Imports, doesn't specifically list it, so I corresponded with the owner, and the Gourmet Planifolia beans are Grade A and are grown in Papua, New Guinea. In my research, I read that Bourbon beans from PNG, are slightly sweeter tasting - don't know if that's true or not.

Has anyone purchased beans from both of these vendors? If so, do you have a decided preference of vendor? Is the quality/price factor about the same? Or is there another vendor altogether that you'd like to recommend?

Thanks for your help.

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