Asked by: Aileen Forstasked in category: General Last Updated: 8th January, 2020
Why are vanilla beans so expensive?
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Moreover, why is vanilla extract so expensive 2019?
Over 80% ofthe world's vanilla is grown on the island of Madagascar,which has been recently hit with terrible weather. Failed cropyields have caused the prices of vanilla beans to soar tonearly $600 per kilogram, which is 10 times more expensivethan it was a few years ago.
Secondly, how much are vanilla beans per pound? There may beanywhere from approximately 90-150 beans per pound ofMadagascar gourmet vanilla beans; more for the regularlength vanilla beans and somewhat fewer for the longervanilla beans. Exact amount will vary depending on the sizeof the vanilla beans and their moisturecontent.
Also, how much do vanilla beans cost?
"Each flower is hand-pollinated, and each beanhandpicked," she says. Then, the beans are dried and curedfor several months to intensify the flavor. Six of Rain'svanilla beans cost $14.95; a 4-ounce bottle of extract sellsfor $8.25.
Why is there a vanilla bean shortage?
Vanilla farmers are contributing to the highprices by harvesting beans early and skimping on theprocessing, resulting in lower quality beans with lessflavor. Companies known for producing high quality flavorings won'tbuy these beans, so while they are out there, theydon't help alleviate the shortage.