vanilla bean


Definition of vanilla bean

: the long capsular fruit of a vanilla (especially Vanilla planifolia) that is an important article of commerce

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Add the eggs, whisking until thoroughly incorporated, then whisk in the vanilla bean paste and tahini. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "The key to these gooey, chocolaty blondies? Open sesame.," 3 June 2019 Also appreciated the Vanilla Iced Coffee ($4.25-$5), which actually tasted and smelled of real vanilla bean, not simple syrup. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "6 best new, eclectic Bay Area coffee houses," 8 June 2019 On tap: Box Car American pale ale, with notes of grapefruit, orange and pine; Golden Spike, a double India pale ale punched with tropical pineapple flavors; and Life on the Rind, a watermelon and lime kettle sour ale infused with vanilla bean. Phillip Valys,, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 Place plums, orange, ginger, thyme, and vanilla bean in a bowl or jar. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Pickled Gingery Plums," 10 Aug. 2018 While Halo Top offers just 240 calories for an entire pint of its vanilla bean ice cream, and these new flavors clock in around 140 calories per half-cup serving, the jury's still out on whether the cult favorite is actually good for us. Melissa Minton, Bon Appetit, "Ben & Jerry's Releases Moo-phoria, Three New Low-Calorie Ice Cream Flavors," 7 Feb. 2018 If vanilla bean is whole, slice down the side of the bean with the back of a knife, and scrape seeds into an airtight container with the sugar. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Vanilla extract costs what? A worldwide shortage means it’s time to find other options," 23 Aug. 2018 Its authenticity as a pumpkin ale is evidenced by the use of 200 pounds of pumpkin per batch, along with a mélange of spices that includes allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, whole cloves and Madagascar vanilla beans. Fox News, "Top 5 fall beers," 14 Oct. 2015 Almonds, dates and vanilla bean make for a filling, creamy juice that can serve as lunch on the go, Alexandra Tunell, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Best Juices to Try in New York City," 12 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of vanilla bean

1824, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of vanilla bean

: the long pod of a tropical American orchid from which vanilla is extracted

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Medical Definition of vanilla bean

: the long capsular fruit of a vanilla (especially Vanilla planifolia) that is an important article of commerce

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