vanilla bean

noun

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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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, vitaljuice.com. 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

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First Known Use of vanilla bean

1824, in the meaning defined above

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vanilla bean

noun

Kids Definition of vanilla bean

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

vanilla bean

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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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