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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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 This refreshing — and syrup- and dairy-free! — drink features vanilla bean powder and coconut milk shaken with ice and topped with shots of our Signature espresso. Blake Bakkila,, "Starbucks Just Released a Dairy-Free Drink—But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy," 10 July 2018 In a saucepan, bring the cream, syrup, raspberries, vanilla bean and salt to a light boil. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Try this white chocolate crème brûlée recipe from Le Moo," 27 Mar. 2018 Wayback Burgers will give out free 12-ounce black-and-white shakes (vanilla bean ice cream, milk, vanilla syrup and Hershey's chocolate syrup) to all customers on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until closing. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "This fast-food chain is giving out free milkshakes to celebrate summer solstice on Thursday," 20 June 2018 In a small saucepan, combine ¼ cup lemon juice, the lemon zest, scraped seeds of vanilla bean, sugar and water. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep it simple and seasonal in the kitchen during summer," 7 June 2018 Place one-and-three-fourths cup cream, powdered sugar and vanilla bean paste in bowl of a stand mixer. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Menu at Porch, Louisville's newest downtown hit, 'speaks to everyone'," 15 May 2018 Frozen Unicorn Drink: The frappe-style drink is crafted from vanilla, raspberry syrup, whole milk and ice, blended and then topped with vanilla bean marshmallow whip, cotton candy bits and cotton candy. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "6 places for over-the-top, Instagram-worthy unicorn treats in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 My standard vanilla base combines mostly whole milk, heavy cream and a vanilla bean scraped to release its seeds. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 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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