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Organic Vanilla Paste


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Vanilla paste captures the whole of the flavour and aroma from the pod.
The essential flavour components of vanilla are held in the pod and its fleshy contents. Vanilla seeds deliver the distinctive speckled effect in whipped cream, ice cream and custards as well as in baking. Finely ground vanilla pods have been saturated with vanilla extract to create a paste making natural vanilla available from a teaspoon rather than from a pod.

One teaspoon of paste is equivalent to one pod. Being more robust than extract, paste brings an earthy vanilla flavour to infusions or baking. Use Koefaga Organic Vanilla Paste as an alternative to vanilla extract in baking, or pods in an infusion or where a recipe says to scrape a pod.
Vanilla has the quality of rounding and melding flavours, reducing egginess or milkiness, and bringing together other spices, herbs and flavourings during cooking. One Nelson mum puts a little paste into the breakfast porridge. She dropped by the stall to say "the children just gobble up the porridge".

Koefaga vanilla paste contains no sugar and is additive free.
Ingredients: Cured vanilla pods, ethyl alcohol.
Alcohol from Southern Grain Spirits in Kaiapoi.

Koefaga Vanilla

Patricia Hunter spends her year between Motueka and Niue Island, where she sources her cured vanilla pods from local growers and curers. The vanilla is grown under a group Bio-Gro organic certification scheme.
Vanilla is the only orchid to bear a seed pod. Vines are trained up support structures, often trees, and at flowering time, one flower on each bunch comes out per day, for a four to six week season. Every flower has to be hand-pollinated, contributing to the cost of the labor-intensive vanilla crop. The pods take nine months to mature and curing can take up to five months, all weather dependent. It then takes a year to steep the pods to get a good extraction before the extract and paste are packed. Niue grows the Tahitian variety of vanilla, recognised as an excellent culinary vanilla.

Store Koefaga Vanilla Paste in your pantry.

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