A stock item, available all year. Imported primarily from Madagascar and Tahiti, with the later being more expensive. These dried beans are best kept cool, dry and in a sealed and preferably dark container. Approximately 60-70 vanilla bean pods per pound. Vanilla beans may be used over again in their whole state, to flavor sugar, flour, ground coffee and more. For added flavor, shell the beans from their outer pod and mash into a paste that can be used to flavor fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish! Versatile and delicious.