Frontier Discovers Gourmet Vanilla Beans & Extracts in Unlikely Places

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New Vanillas from Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia Feature Exotic and Distinct Flavors

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They found three gourmet-quality vanillas with distinct taste nuances that allow cooks to explore different aspects of the world's most popular flavor.

Plain vanilla is definitely not the way to describe the new Gourmet Vanilla line from Frontier Natural Products Co-op. The exotic premium vanillas offer divergent flavor profiles from the three premier vanilla-producing regions of Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. Each new vanilla is available as both an extract and whole beans.

"Our sourcing experts searched the globe for these extraordinary vanillas," says Brett Karminski, Frontier's seasonings brand manager. "They found three gourmet-quality vanillas with distinct taste nuances that allow cooks to explore different aspects of the world's most popular flavor."

Climate and growing conditions in each region create unique flavors for each of the vanilla beans, ranging from fruity and floral to woody and robust. The organic Ugandan vanilla has a sweet, smooth and subtle flavor that makes it an exotic substitute for everyday-Bourbon vanilla. The vanilla from Papua New Guinea is extra sweet and features floral notes, making it perfect for desserts and sauces. Because of the way organic Indonesian vanilla beans are cured, their flavor holds up at high temperatures. It partners well with chocolate and other rich ingredients -- an ideal vanilla for baking.

"As the leading brand of baking flavors in natural foods, we wanted to use our expertise in sourcing and quality testing to provide some truly remarkable vanillas," says Karminski. "The varying flavor profiles of these three gourmet vanillas provide world-class quality while inviting exploration of their differences."

Frontier Gourmet Vanillas are available now. The suggested retail price is $6.49 for the beans and $11.99 for the extracts.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op™
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier™, Simply Organic®, Aura Cacia® and Aura Cacia Organics® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social, environmental and financial responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier's website at http://www.frontiercoop.com.

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