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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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 Split vanilla bean lengthwise with a paring knife and scrape the seeds. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Four vanilla beans from Central Market, usually my favorite stop for bulk spices, recently ran nearly $30. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Vanilla extract costs what? A worldwide shortage means it’s time to find other options," 23 Aug. 2018 Thinkstock Marshmallow Fluff New Englanders clamor for Marshmallow Fluff, a spread made from corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanillin, a natural compound of the vanilla bean. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "12 Beloved Regional American Foods," 27 Oct. 2010 One variety includes chai tea, vanilla beans and vanilla simple syrup. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "New summer cocktail menus make the most of seasonal herbs and produce," 7 June 2018 Add almond extract and the seeds of one vanilla bean. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Five finalists vie for 'Best Cupcake Ever' in contest to support literacy," 22 Apr. 2018 One vanilla bean is about equal to 3 teaspoons vanilla extract. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "There's nothing vanilla about cooking with fragrant, homemade vanilla," 13 June 2018

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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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