you believe that vanilla has a remarkable story, filled with history, intrigue,
passion, and piracy? Although it is used as a flavoring for foods and beverages,
only a few know that it is also the secret ingredients that makes a lot of
medicines more palatable. It also makes some perfumes smell better. Here are
other vanilla trivia for your consumption:
was first used by the Aztecs to flavor chocolate. The first use of vanilla
dates back to Mexico, where the Aztecs used it to create a drink called
Xoco-latl, made from cocoa and vanilla beans.
vanilla plant, Vanilla planifolia,
is a slender, green-stemmed creeping or climbing perennial of the orchid
family. Cultivating vanilla beans is a lengthy and labor-intensive process,
as each flower must be hand pollinated to ensure it produces a bean. The
vanilla plant is the only orchid that produces a bean. The vanilla plant is
the only orchid that produces anything edible - and there are upwards to
20,000 orchid varieties excluding hybrids.
vanilla plant produces one flower which lasts for only one day. If it is not
pollinated, it will be another year before it flowers again.
some wines, the vanilla extract is aged to perfection before it is bottled