Heilala Vanilla Extract (pure) - 100ml
Premium, hand-selected Heilala Vanilla beans are used in a unique cold extraction, slow percolation method over 3 months to gently draw out and preserve the delicate aromatics and produce a sweet, creamy and complex vanilla extract.
No sugar, chemicals, synthetic or imitation flavours are added to this 100% Pure Vanilla Extract. One teaspoon of Heilala Vanilla Extract is equivalent to one vanilla bean. Use in any recipe that calls for vanilla.
Is Vanilla Extract the same as Vanilla Essence?
In a word, No. Extract is a natural product made by soaking vanilla pods in alcohol & water. It contains 300+ natural compounds & therefore has a much richer taste & fragrance compared to Vanilla Essence or Imitation Vanilla.
Imitation Vanilla is synthetic. It is usually derived from crude oil & contains artificial flavours, colourings, sweeteners & preservatives.
Have you heard about Heilala Vanilla?
Heilala Vanilla began as an aid project after a cyclone. A vanilla plantation was established by a New Zealand family, in partnership with a local family from the village of Utungake in Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga.
In 2013, the Heilala Vanilla Foundation was established to ensure the ongoing sustainability of their unique partnership with the community in Tonga. The Foundation is a registered charitable trust with the NZ Charities Commission and each year selects a project to benefit the people of Vava’u.
In 2005 the first crop was harvested and snapped up by local chefs. Since these small beginnings and a first harvest of 45kg of dried vanilla beans, Heilala has partnered with growers throughout Tonga celebrating their 10th harvest of vanilla beans in 2015. This has had a significant impact on the Tongan economy providing employment and infrastructure across a number of communities.