Botanical Name: Vanilla Planifolia Origin: India Vanilla is a perennial herbaceous climbing vine that can grow up to 25 meters (82 feet) high and takes up to 18 months to produce its first flowers. The small yellow-green Orchid blooms for only a few hours before wilting unless it is naturally pollinated by insects - a rare occurrence - or hand- pollinated by workers. The Totonacs of Veracruz, Mexico are credited the first cultivators of vanilla beans. In the 1400's The Aztecs showed the Spaniards how vanilla could sweeten their chocolate and perfume their cigars and the long, dark vanilla beans became part of the Spanish empire's rich colonial trade as early as the middle of the sixteenth century.
This Vanilla 10 Fold Oleoresin is the superior Bourbon variety. The 10 fold relates to its superior concentration. One of the most popular flavours in the world, it is used in cuisine, cosmetics and perfumery. The price of Vanilla has risen to the point of most absolutes because of reduced availability, nonetheless the true Oleoresin is recognized as being well worth it. Vanilla 10 Fold Oleoresin has a sweet rich, comforting scent.