Vanilla

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Vanilla is a flavoring that comes from vanilla beans, which are the fruit of an orchid plant. Vanilla has a sweet, aromatic flavor and is available in the form of vanilla beans, vanilla powder or vanilla extract. Vanilla extract is a liquid form of flavoring made by soaking dried vanilla beans in water and alcohol based solution and then allowing it to age for several months. The vanilla powder is made by grinding the dried vanilla beans into a fine powder. The powder holds its flavor better when heated than the extract but is harder to find. It can generally be found in cake decorating supply stores, gourmet markets and through specialty mail order services. Vanilla beans are found in well-stocked supermarkets and specialty stores, while vanilla extract is available in most food stores. When selecting vanilla beans, look for moist round, well formed beans that do not appear to have dried or aged excessively. The bean should be pliable and definitely not brittle.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 cup
Calories288
Protein5g
Total Fat5g
Total Carbohydrates12g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars12g
Potassium148mg
Sodium9mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 tbsp
Calories56
Protein2g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates14g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars14g
Potassium0mg
Sodium3mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 tbsp
Calories237
Protein5g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates2g
Dietary Fiber0g
Potassium98mg
Sodium4mg
Cholesterol0mg

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