The Spice Trader Vanilla Bean
VANILLA BEANS (MADAGASCAR BOURBON) are native to Mexico. They have since been transplanted to various regions of the world. However, Mexico is the only place that has an insect that pollinates the vanilla plant. In other places in the world, Vanilla has to be hand pollinated, which adds to its price and mystique. OURS ARE FROM MADAGASCAR.
The VANILLA BEAN only gets its flavour after it is dried; before drying, it looks like a long, thick green bean. Vanilla can be used in baking and in desserts, but is equally interesting in savoury cooking.