vanilla bean

noun

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

Examples of vanilla bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Split the half vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the inside and stir it into the pot, then add the vanilla bean itself to the pot. Ellie Krieger, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 During that soaking process, the flavor and color of the vanilla bean are extracted, allowing the potent liquid to be used in your favorite recipe. Molly Allen, Southern Living, 31 Aug. 2023 Another winter treat, the Vanilla Bean Custard Danish, is a pastry filled with rich vanilla bean custard. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 But right now at Fat & Flour frozen rhubarb basks in a solo moment, flavored with tangerine juice and vanilla bean paste to give its astringency brightness and warmth. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 The meal finished off with a citrus flan with vanilla bean. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 26 Dec. 2023 There’s something alchemic about the combo of the vanilla bean blended with the sweet, mulling spice notes of the sherry that is perfect for the holiday season. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 Instead, about 99 percent of the world’s vanilla comes from synthetic sources such as vanillin, a cheaper and less labor-intensive alternative to harvesting vanilla beans or castoreum. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Bourbon vanilla beans from Madagascar provide concentrated flavor, bringing a richness to any recipe. Molly Allen, Southern Living, 7 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vanilla bean was in 1824

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“Vanilla bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vanilla%20bean. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

vanilla bean

noun
: the long pod of a vanilla orchid

Medical Definition

vanilla bean

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