Vanilla

By: Taylor Hale

ORIGIN OF VANILLA

The flavor of vanilla derived from orchids of the genus. Mexico is where the vanilla orchid originated.

BOTANICAL INFORMATION ABOUT VANILLA

Vanilla is an orchid and a vine that climbs and attaches to tree trunks and other supports by its fleshy roots. The greenish-yellow flower are about 2-inches across. The flowers last only one day and must be hand pollinated to produce a seedpod, which is the "vanilla bean".

COMMON CULINARY USES

SAMPLE RECIPES: Strawberry vanilla pancakes

1 cup flour.

2Tbs. brown sugar.

2tsp. baking powder.

1tsp. salt

1 Egg

1 cup milk.

2Tbs. vegetable oil.

2Tbs. vanilla extract.

1 cup. fresh chopped strawberries.

SWEET OR SAVORY: Vanilla would be counted as a sweet. It is mostly used in baking cookies and cakes and things that are sweet.

FRESH OR DRIED: Vanilla would be under the fresh category because it is oily and is very fresh.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Vanilla is an essential oil and can be attributed to is properties. Like anti oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti carcinogenic, febrifuge, antidepressant, sedative, tranquilizing and a relaxing substance.

FACTS

vanilla has:

38 Calories.

Total fat is 0. grams

Cholesterol is 0 mg.

Sodium is 1 mg.

Potassium is 19 mg.

total carbohydrates is 1.6 grams

protein is 0 grams.


Vanilla also has vitamin A, Calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, vitamin C, Iron, vitamin B-6 and Magnesium in it.