Vanilla is likely one of the most well-known flavors in the world. The flavor is derived from the ripened fruit of a tropical orchid, which happens to be the only orchid in the world that produces an edible fruit. The growth process of this plant is long and arduous, which explains why vanilla beans are the costliest spice in the world with the exception of saffron. Vanilla orchids bloom for only a day, and they need to be hand-pollinated. Even after the plants have produced their pods, they must be checked daily so that each pod is harvested at the peak of ripeness. After harvest, the pods go through an elaborate curing process in order to maximize the flavor and fragrance. Our cut vanilla beans are perfect for making a vanilla extract or for use as an ingredient in herbal tea blends.
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