Pods of Delight
Vanilla's Wondrous Ways
A gift from Mexico—the vanilla orchid—yields the aromatic pods that have given the world the fantastic flavor of vanilla. The mighty vanilla bean is full of good taste and has some amazing health benefits to boot. Make an anti-nausea remedy by adding a few drops of vanilla extract to water and sip slowly. Put a little vanilla extract in a glass of warm milk at night for an anti-stress drink to help you slip into restful slumber. Vanilla adds a lovely touch of aromatherapy in scented candles and oils, bringing a sensual, aphrodiasic fragrance to many products.
The most common use for vanilla is in baking and cooking. Use the paste of the vanilla bean to add a punch to your baked goods, smoothies or chai. The vanilla beans impart a rich flavor to foods, including homemade ice cream (of course!), custard and cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting. Split open the beans, then steep in scalded milk and add to your recipes. Make some magic with vanilla—it’s not a “plain old, same old” flavoring anymore!
Vegan Vanilla Bean Cupcakes (274 KB)
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