With its sweet, delectable aroma and creamy notes, it's no wonder that Vanilla is the world's most popular flavour. It is also the most widely used flavouring used in baking, confectionery, and desserts which is why it is often referred to as the "baker's best friend."
Premium, all-natural Vanilla is also the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron, and for a good reason, as explained below.
Where Does Vanilla Come From?
Vanilla is made from the cured unripened pods or "vanilla beans" of orchids from various species of the genus Vanilla. One particular species Vanilla Planifolia (also known as the flat-leaved Vanilla or Vanilla Fragrans) -- is the source of 90% of the pure Vanilla on the market.
Native to Mexico, Vanilla Planifolia can only grow in hot, wet, tropical climates. Thus, premium vanilla is only grown commercially in four regions: Veracruz, Mexico, Tahiti, Indonesia, and Madagascar. Much like wine, vanilla beans derive their quality, flavour profile, and unique characteristics from the terroir of the region from which it originates. This is due to differences in climate and soil and the unique, time-honoured methods of cultivation, harvest, and curing that each region practices.
How Does Vanilla Vary Across Regions?
- Mexican Vanilla is grown in the original birthplace of the vanilla plant and where it was first cultivated. The flavour profile of Mexican Vanilla Beans has a mellow, smooth quality and a spicy, woody fragrance with more earthy notes.
- Madagascar Vanilla (also known as Bourbon Vanilla) is where two-thirds of the world's Vanilla is produced, making it the most popular variety. Madagascar Vanilla is derived from the same plant species as Mexican Vanilla, but unlike in Mexico, where bees pollinate the plants, Madagascar Vanilla must be hand-pollinated by skilled farmers.
Our farmers in Mexico and Madagascar produce some of the world's finest Vanilla, and we offer it directly from our farms to your pantry.
Our offerings include Vanilla Pods, Powder, Extract, Paste, Sugar, and blends made with Sea Salt and Sea Salt With Chilli.