These plump, delicious vanilla beans are soft and full of delicate vanilla "caviar", or little seeds. It's those seeds that give these beans their heavenly aroma. If you've used vanilla extract and never beans, you'll be amazed by the depth of the vanilla smell and taste that comes from these beans.
You can make vanilla extract with these beans by soaking them in vodka for a few months, or add a few pieces to your vanilla extract to transform it. You can cut up the beans and add a section at a time to your sugar bowl for a burst of gorgeous aroma every time you remove the lid. You can chop up a bean and add it to a jar of sugar for use in baking. Or grind a little piece with salt for a remarkable condiment for fish.