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why is vanilla always associated with the color white, if the bean is black?

something someone else asked me, and now Im wondering the same thing...


Asked by sugahmamma at 7:53 PM on Oct. 12, 2009 in About CafeMom

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  • Vanilla comes from an orchid. The flower is white.

    Also, natural vanilla doesn't color foods. The contrast of the black bean specks on white food (think natural vanilla bean ice cream) shows the quality. Fake vanilla flavoring or real vanilla extract doesn't give the specks. Only whole bean vanilla does. Vanilla is hand harvested and thus very expensive. That bean speck contrast is a clue about the culinary quality. Chefs and brands want to keep that black-white thing going to reflect the superiority of their ice cream.

    Answer by ecodani at 10:43 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • I believe a certain process the beans go through has the finished product turning white.

    Answer by Steff107 at 8:13 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • You know there is always someone throwing the wrench in. I never thought about it, never questioned it, and now I will ponder the darn question all night!!! Hey good post!

    Answer by SEEKEROFSHELLS at 10:03 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • OMG Thats funny never ever thought of it that way!!!

    Answer by Korysmom96 at 10:06 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

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