Vanilla is one of the most popular baking ingredients and is required in almost every dessert. Artificial vanilla extract is often substituted for real vanilla, found in vanilla beans. The appeal of artificial vanilla extract is based on convenience and low price tag. Vanilla beans are a little bit more expensive but definitely worth the money. You can definitely taste the difference between a vanilla bean and its artificial counterpart. Vanilla bean has a rich flavour. Follow the illustration below to learn how to scrape a vanilla bean.