25 Tahitian Vanilla Beans

Tahitian Vanilla beans are generally shorter, plumper, and contain a much higher oil and water content than Bourbon beans. The aroma is flowery, fruity and anisic with a smooth flavor. They are often described as smelling like licorice, cherries, or wine. Gourmet and pastry chefs love to work with the Tahitensis variety, which are perfect for many applications.

Quick facts

  • Length: 16-17cm (approx 6-7 inches)
  • Color: Black, Very Dark Brown
  • Place of Origin: Papua New Guinea
  • Botanical Name: Vanilla Tahitenis (TAHITIAN)
  • Fragrance: Fruity and floral

Top reviews

Best vanilla bean

Absolutely the best flavor vanilla bean I have tasted to date. No kidding. My kids love vanilla icecream so I got a Cusineart ice cream maker and do a batch every week. I started with the standard Madagascar beans, moved to the gourmet Madagascar beans, tried the Hawaiian (over priced), then tried the Tahitian variety. Wow, I was very pleased. The Tahitian has a mellow full flavor. The Madagascar is harder and doesn’t sit on the tongue as well as the Tahitian (Hawaiian is very similar). For the Fremch custard (8 egg yolks, 40% cream and organic milk) recipie, I find the Tahitian is Excellent! I have bought beans from several distributors online and from local stores. This seller is excellent, the beans are moist, fresh, vaccuum packed, arrive quickly and taste great. I have been using this vendor for several orders – always pleased.
TheressaAlcalde, NM

Odd smell from these beans

I admit I have not made any vanilla extract with these beans yet. If it smells different than the beans do, I will update my review. When I smelled the vanilla beans through the single layer plastic they came in, it smelled…almost like tobacco. Not cigarettes, but a tobacco plant…mixed with vanilla. A friend of mine who recommended these to me said they did NOT smell right when I let her smell them today. She’s been making her own extract with these beans for a while. I hate to think I wasted $20. It really doesn’t make me excited to try this company again. Not sure I want to waste vodka trying to make extract from a bad batch. So buyer beware. I probably just got unlucky somehow.
EdgardoRomulus, MI

Lovely beans!

Arrived quickly and in a nice resealable pouch. The beans were so fresh and these beauties now soak in vodka for my Christmas gift of home made vanilla–can hardly wait! I will order from Beanilla again. Products and pricing are both excellent and their website is an education!
FloridaKrypton, KY

Good Quality

These Tahitian vanilla beans were just what I was looking for! I was very glad that they were more or less the same size/thickness. However, there were a couple in one of my orders and one bean in another that had some mould growing on them, so I had to toss some. That was the only downside. They even arrived a little early, too.
MichelTabiona, UT

Great!

Excellent quality beans. Great customer service too. My order was 5 beans shy, and they sent me the missing 5 beans right away. I will order from them again.
GennyMinneapolis, NC

OMG

The beans were big, fat, and moist. You could smell them through the bag! Great deal! I plan on making my own vanilla extract with them. Thanks!
MerryPenryn, CA

fast shipping

Fast shipping and very nice beans – I will purchase these again! I’m using them to make vanilla extract and these beans were highly scented – just as promised.
ShirleneMorrison, IA

Disappointed.

I’m not sure if I’m the only one who got a bad bunch of beans or previous reviewers are unfamiliar with good quality beans, however, mine were not. The beans I received today were very old and brittle. Also, I thought they smelled like soap or cheap perfume. They can’t be cut open with a knife without breaking into several pieces. Some of the beans cracked into pieces in their bag merely upon pulling them out of the padded envelope they werte mailed in. I’ve ordered beans before from a company who no longer sells them online and they were always plump, tender and very fragrant with rich, sweet vanilla. I’m very disappointed! Also, I don’t believe these were Beanilla vanilla beans! My bag only had a generic label saying ‘Tahitian Vanilla’.

*Update:

After using the beans I found the flavor was very good, however, I could only scrape about a third of the seeds from one whole bean I’ve gotten from a half of one fresher bean. It was also hard to scrape the seeds from the very dry, brittle beans. I wanted them for ice cream, but for extract I think they’d be great.

For flavor alone, 4 or 5 stars.

LetishaEllery, IL

Good beans so far.

Purchased beans to make vanilla extract. They have been soaking in vodka for a month and smell great. One month to go!
DenitaPaint Rock, TX

Yumm!

I bought these and received them faster than expected, which is always a plus! They smell wondering, the beans were not dried out and were packaged in a vacuum sealed bag upon arrival. They are extremely fragrant and full of flavor…I am making my own extract, and also cut up one bean to flavor some sugar in a jar for my coffee/tea. Have yet to cook with them, but looking forward to it this weekend!
MindiHuntington, WV

Two thumbs up

This product came quickly and was everything it was advertised to be. I used them both for cooking and for making bare products. The beans held up well in both circumstances.
JenetteSaint Francis, ME

Great beans

They were very fragrant and moist. Had lots of seeds. I used them to make vanilla sugar. Would purchase again.
NolaManter, KS

Have yet to be displeased.

Having heard vanilla beans were even more expensive than even good vanilla extract, I had always shied away from even looking them up, but at $12 for 25 (essentially $.50 ea) you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not giving these a try. I love the floral accents unique to Tahitian beans, and they will be sure to take your dish to the next level.

I received my beans from Beanilla and was very pleased. They came in a resealable vacuum bag and were extremely fragrant when first opened. I’m always apprehensive about ordering food on the internet (I like being able to hand pick and examine what I’m buying), I can confidently say I would definitely go through them again.

XochitlMorrison, IL

My second perfect order

Last summer I began making my own Vanilla extract. Knowing nothing about it I ordered these beans from Amazon. I did a little research and found these to be the least expensive and from the reviews, good beans. They were really great. When the extract came out very well I decided to make more for Christmas gifts. I needed them fast as the extract takes quite a few weeks to reach the desired strength. I ordered these again, they arrived very quickly, were the same beautiful quality, and vacuum packed, as the last time. These beans are long, moist and plump, everything you’d look for in a great quality bean. When I got the request for this review today, I was just sitting down at the computer to order more. My list of baking friends and family, to give the extract to, has grown and I’m depleting my own supply. I bake constantly and plan to never buy commercial Vanilla extract again. I bought my sister an ice cream maker for Christmas and will be giving her some of these beans for Vanilla bean ice cream. Don’t ever hesitate to buy these!
MissHamilton, OH