Can I bring vanilla extract from Mexico to us?

You can’t take everything with you from Mexico to the United States. That’s a hard lesson to learn while standing in line only to be told you can’t bring the bottle of vanilla extract you bought for your mother’s holiday baking.

Can I bring Mexican vanilla into the US?

The short answer is that unless you are bringing back cases and cases of vanilla, you won’t have to pay duty but you do have to declare it.

Why is Mexican vanilla illegal?

The problem is due to a white crystalline substance called coumarin which is obtained from the tonka bean. Though it is approved for food use in Mexico, it is banned in the States as a possible carcinogen.

Is Mexican vanilla extract the same as regular vanilla extract?

Pure vanilla is made with the extract of beans from the vanilla plant. Mexican vanilla is frequently made with the extract of beans from the tonka tree, an entirely different plant that belongs to the pea family.

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Can you order vanilla from Mexico?

Do not purchase vanilla extract with a Mexican label, even from a specialty food store or online! Mexican vanilla that is produced by a reputable American company is pure vanilla extract made from Mexican beans. Unfortunately, some specialty food stores carry Mexican vanilla made in Mexico.

Can you take vanilla extract on a plane?

Spices: Dry spices are good for checked or carry-on luggage. Liquid or gel spices, such as vanilla extract, fall under the 3.4 oz. limit for carry-on luggage. … You can also take mini alcohol bottles in your carry-on bag if they are less than 3.4 oz and can fit in a quart-sized baggie.

Can I bring food from Mexico to us?

When entering the United States from Mexico or Canada, travelers may bring bakery items and some types of cheese across the border without worrying about being inspected. Other items that are generally accepted include packaged coffee, tea, condiments and spices, among others.

Why is Mexican vanilla so cheap?

Artificial vanilla extract is affordable, and is the vanilla extract predominantly sold in countries that produce vanilla beans. … That’s why in Mexico, even though the country grows very fine beans, artificial vanillas dominate the market.

How can you tell if Mexican vanilla is real?

The color is light brown from the cured beans. Although expensive, this is the BEST vanilla you can buy in Mexico. Traditional Mexican Vanilla has 10% alcohol (90% water) and less than 1% of natural vanillin. The vanillin helps hold the flavor.

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Is Molina Mexican vanilla safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that the long-term effect of ingesting imitation Mexican vanilla is toxic. The product contains coumarin, which has been banned by the FDA for about 31 years as a food additive.

Is Mexican vanilla better than American?

Our Traditional Mexican vanilla is more typical of a really good vanilla that you buy when you visit Mexico. It has 10% alcohol and a small amount (less than 1%) of vanillin (which is a naturally occurring vanillin, not synthetic). The vanillin helps hold the flavor and gives the vanilla a very rich, smooth flavor.

Why is Costco vanilla so expensive?

Vanilla is one of the most expensive spices because the vanilla bean is harvested off a specific orchid plant and it has to be pollinated by hand. So you are not going to find pure vanilla at bargain prices.

Why does Mexican vanilla taste different?

“We use the vanilla originally from Mexico, because it has a peculiar flavor and smell that is [unique to] the type of land where it is planted,” he says, explaining that both the particular taste and aromas are distinct to the Mexican vanilla. (Again, not unlike wine, which is so heavily influenced by terroir.)

Does Walmart sell Mexican vanilla?

Mexican Vanilla Extract-4oz.

Can you buy pure vanilla in USA?

Clear vanilla is pure, synthetic vanillin made by chemists. It’s often called “crystal vanilla.” You can buy it in the US for about the same price. Dark and murky is synthetic vanillin, most likely ethyl vanillin derived from coal tar.

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