Spice - Vanilla

Used to flavor sweet foods or to impart a fragrant scent.

Origin Of Vanilla

Vanilla is from the orchids of genus Vanilla. Vanilla orchids are grown around the world, typically from Mesoamerica, parts of Mexico and Guatemala.

Vanilla Orchid

Vanilla Use

If the vanilla is planted and if the flowers are pollinated, they form vanilla beans. We use the vanilla beans or pods. After four weeks, they are harvested, dried and cured to produce flavor.

Common Uses

Health Benefits

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-Inflammatory Abilities
  • Can Lower Cholesterol
  • Skin Tightener
  • Helps Arthritis

Interesting Facts

  • Vanilla is the only fruit-bearing member of the orchid family.
  • The flower that produces the vanilla bean lasts only one day. The beans are hand-picked and then cured, wrapped, and dried in a process that takes 4 to 6 months.
  • After saffron, vanilla is the most expensive spice in the world.
  • In Europe, vanilla was once used in the production of certain medicines such as nerve stimulants and as an aphrodisiac.
  • Nearly 30% of Americans choose vanilla as their No. 1 ice cream flavor. Chocolate ranks second, with less than 10% of the vote.
  • One tablespoon of vanilla extract has 37 calories, a large portion of which comes from sugars and alcohol.