Makenna Gonzales

What is Vanilla?

Vanilla is a substance obtained from vanilla beans or produced artifificially and used to flavor sweet foods or create a fragrant scent.

How is Vanilla Made?

Vanilla Production Stages

Planting - Vine cuttings are planted. They take 18 months to mature and start flowering and are hand polinated.

Harvest - The green pods are harvested after growing on the vine for 9 months. The pods are odorless.

Killing - The celular tisue of the pods has to be killed to prevent further growth. This is usually done by extreame heating (sun, oven, boiling) or freezing.

Curing - The pods are kept in hot, humid conditions (45º-65°C or 115º-150°F) for 7 to 10 days. This allows the enzymes in the pods to cure into vanilla.

Drying - To keep the pods from rotting, they are dried. This is ussually done by laying them in the sun. By the end of the drying process, the pods will loose 80% of their water weight. When they are done drying they will be arromatic.

Facts About Vanilla

  • Vanilla is vey rare and expensive.

  • Vanilla has lots of health benefits.