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Friday, January 28, 2011


When I return from hopefully sunny and warm Florida, I will post some musings on my vanilla conspiracy theory. For now, here are some interesting facts you may not know.
Vanilla is derived from a specific orchid originally only pollinated by a particular bee native to Mexico and Central America.  The orchid blooms for one day.  The bee has that one day to polinate it. The vanilla bean is the fruit from that flower.  It is widely believed  vanilla is a flavor potentiator-"meaning it enhances our ability to taste other foods including chocolate, coffee, fruit, and
nuts, and boosts our perception of sweetness." (Taken from America's Test Kitchen site)
Vanilla was once so rare and expensive that it was only available to royalty.
Vanilla was once considered an aphrodisiac.
Vanilla was used as a remedy to calm upset stomachs.
The first Vanilla extracts were made in apothecary shops.
Vanilla is one of the most complex tastes in the world, with over 250 organic components creating its unique flavor and aroma.
The scent of Vanilla may ease tension and anxiety and seems to promote feelings of safety and security.
Consumption of vanilla beans in the US is approximately 1,200 tons per year! (Taken from Watkins)

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to hear more about vanilla conspiracy theory.
    These were interesting facts!