Uganda origin vanilla from eBay

This is a quick review of vanilla beans from eBay seller lacey123money. I bought these on a whim for $5 + $3 shipping. The only information I have about the vanilla comes from the listing:

Premium Grade A Gourmet Vanilla Planifolia (Bourbon-Style) Beans from Uganda

Located in the interior of the African continent, Uganda started producing some truly fine vanilla beans several years ago…

This auction is for 1/4 lb of organically grown Bourbon style vanilla planifolia beans from Uganda. They are plum, pliable, and, most importantly, succulent and flavorful. These beans are approximately 7″ – 8″ in length, with 30% moisture content.

update some more info on these beans. According to Rebekah, “these beans were purchased from a wholesaler in France.” If you are interested in some cheap Uganda beans for extract, contact Rebekah — fragasso80(at) Replace (at) with @.

These black/brown beans are flexible but not particularly oily. The skin is pliable but not supple or oily, as evidenced by the lack of shine in the photos. I doubt they have 30% moisture as advertised, perhaps closer to 25%. The bundle seems to have a mix of qualities, from two (5%) super nice, giant beans (pictured below), to woody dry beans that barely meet my expectations of grade A vanilla. Overall, pretty disappointing for gourmet beans, but perfect for homemade extract.

The beans have a pleasant but mild raisin aroma, inside and out. The skins are noticeably woody and dry when cut. The caviar is also dry, airy, and light — like good potting soil.

These vanilla beans were advertised as 7″ to 8″ in length. As seen in the photograph below, most of the beans are just barely 7″ (17.78cm).


One Response to “Uganda origin vanilla from eBay”

  1. Nicholas Mungai says:


    Thanks for the information but kindly can you advice me on how i can supply the vanilla beans to my Client in India,How i can get the samples then what are the terms & condition from your side.

    Please soonest.

    Nicholas w.w.Mungai
    P.O.Box 74666-00200,

    my Cell phone +254 725 964248.