Vanilla is the only orchid in the world that produces an edible fruit but the process of producing that fruit is lengthy and painstaking.
The mature plant produces pods similar to bean pods, from six to nine inches long. In the wild vanilla vines may brow to the length of 80 feet or more.
Vanilla beans are a misnomer. The long, thin pods of the vanilla orchid are actually the mature fruit of the orchild plant.
In ancient Mexico, the Totonac people were regarded as the producers of the best vanilla.
The sweet, bland flavor is one of the most popular the world over, and while it is considered plain, it is really a complex layering of sweet and spicy flavors that have been used for centuries.
Vanilla is used to scent everything from perfumes to candles and lotions.
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Vanilla pods are harvested while green and inmature. At this stage, they are odourless.