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Superlake has lots of types, most claiming to be real vanilla. It's a racket here, so check brands on line if you care a lot. I tend to buy Kirkland (which may be at Superlake) because it seems more legit.

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Read this from http://www.davidlebovitz.com/vanilla/:

Mexico: If you think that quart bottle you bought in Mexico for $1 was a great bargain, think again. (Then dump it down the drain.) Real Mexican vanilla is perhaps the best in the world, and the price of pure Mexican vanilla is similar to other pure vanilla extracts. Labeling laws in Mexico differ than those in other countries, so that jumbo bottle of “Pure Mexican Vanilla” that you bought at the tourist shop is likely a synthetic and contains coumarin, a substance banned in the United States by the FDA since there are concerns about toxicity, like tonka beans. I love pure, true Mexican extract. It’s sweet/spicy scent reminds me of just-churned vanilla ice cream and is versatile for every baking and cooking application.

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I bought a bunch at Superlake and another time from the Papantla Voladores, Papantla is where the vanilla come from and sometimes the dancers bring some with them. There was a group of them in CHapala, ask them if they can get you vanilla, their family probably grows it..

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On 5/22/2017 at 7:06 PM, LifeNo5 said:

We have been buying vanilla from the market in La Huerta as it is gluten free.  Unlike many of the vanilla we looked at, there are only a few ingredients and we like the flavor.

All vanilla extracts are gluten free.

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18 hours ago, sanditoes said:

Brand names??

POSA is the brand I've been using for about 20 years.  Unlike most of the artificial vanilla sold in Mexico, POSA is the real thing.

I was recently in Papantla and did a good deal of serious investigation into vanilla and its production.  Here is the link to an article I wrote after interviewing two producers and the president of the Consejo Estatal de Vanilla de Veracruz.  The cultivation and production of vanilla fascinated me and my companion.
http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2017/04/de-vaga-en-veracruz-tierra-jarocha-vacation-wanderings-in-veracruz-part-iv-.html

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I just got some good vanilla at "El Granero" next door to Gossip's. The display had bottles, two sizes I think, I got the smaller one 75 ml- it was 80 pesos.

The ingredients listed are organic vanilla, alcohol and water. There were also a few whole vanilla beans for sale within the display. The brand name is "pacqui".

 

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The best vanilla I have used comes from Haiti, Perrier, available on Amazon. Have your favorite mule bring some down for you.  No, or very little, alcohol so you can use 1/2 the amount usually called for in a recipe. 

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Wouldn't it be better to support a Mexican product, one that's raised and produced here?  After all, Mexico gave vanilla to the world.  Real Mexican vanilla is excellent.

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... and anyone who uses vanilla is going to be hard-pressed to tell the difference between countries of origin, so I got my bottle at SuperLake the other day to gift a friend at home. It is Monilo Real Vainilla, contains no coumarin, and is made in Guadalajara. It was about 99p for a 207ml container, but mostly, it has a pretty fancy bottle with a wooden cork, which is going to be remembered by my friend for a very, very long time.

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Mexico News Daily | Thursday, July 6, 2017
Scientist Araceli Pérez: a passion for vanilla
"...only about 1% of the world’s population has smelled the real thing.
Most products labelled as vanilla...contain a synthetic scent...
It’s made with wood residues...and the Japanese have found a technique to produce it from manure...”
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On 7/4/2017 at 2:02 PM, ComputerGuy said:

... and anyone who uses vanilla is going to be hard-pressed to tell the difference between countries of origin, so I got my bottle at SuperLake the other day to gift a friend at home. It is Monilo Real Vainilla, contains no coumarin, and is made in Guadalajara. It was about 99p for a 207ml container, but mostly, it has a pretty fancy bottle with a wooden cork, which is going to be remembered by my friend for a very, very long time.

CG, is it Monilo or Molina or Molino?  My money's on Molino...  

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