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Part 1: The Microstructure of and Compartmentation in the Ripe Vanilla Bean

By: Patrick Dunphy
Posted: June 21, 2013, from the July 2013 issue of P&F magazine.

Curing of vanilla beans is an age old process involving the four basic steps of blanching, sweating or fermentation, drying, and conditioning. Over the last 10 years or so, scientific understanding of this process has improved as a result of developments in plant biochemistry, particularly its contribution to the curing operation ... 

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