I can't answer your question however I thought I would post the follwoing. We were in the South Pacific where vanilla beans were beign sold. They were $35 for 25 beans. I know nothing about the quality of vanilla beans. We purchased a bag of 25 and brought them home. That was when I leared that I could not legally bring these beans back into the US as I was told they are considered a food item by customs. In any event I have them in two bottle of vodka as I try my hand at vaniilla making.