Where is Vanilla from?
Vanilla is the only edible fruit in the orchid species. It is one of the most commonly used and liked flavors in the world. Vanilla was first discovered to be growing in parts of Central America, more specifically in Mexico, hundreds of years ago. Once the Spanish imported vanilla to Europe and its monarchs, it started to grow and become manufactured in factories like wildfire across Europe. Now, vanilla is grown all over the world with the most production coming from Africa. At Javazen, we source our vanilla from Madagascar.
How does Vanilla grow?
Vanilla is found in the inner parts of a vine which grows on a local host tree. The vine contains dark brown, narrow and cylindrical pods, otherwise known as beans, which house the small black seeds necessary for cultivating vanilla. Over the course of about three to four months, the pods undergo a protein shift that turns glucovanillin into vanillin. The process only requires a warm and dry environment for the pods to form a white crystal looking structure. This coating found on the beans is what we refer to as edible vanilla.
In addition, vanilla is packed with nutrients and antioxidants protecting your body from harmful toxins and consequently infectious diseases.
Fun fact: Did you know that vanilla is one of the most expensive spices in the world due to its labor-intensive nurturing and cultivation?