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Origins and Cultivations

Vanilla is a spice made from the fruit of certain varieties of climbing tropical Mesoamerican orchid of the genus Vanilla.

The plants which produce vanilla are known also as vanilla or vanilla bean plants.

The cultivation and preparation of vanilla requires long and careful work in order to obtain a richly aromatic spice.

Vanilla is sold in the form of slender black , oily sticks, commonly called " beans" or " "pods"

The name " Vanilla" is derived from the Spanich " "vainilla" , itself a derivation from the Latin " vagina" , meaning sheath , husk or case ...

Pliabe and forming few branches, the vanilla vine develops through growh of the terminal bud , leaves alternate on either side of the stem.


These are flat , undivided , oval with a pointed end , approximately three times as long as they are wide and measure up to 15 cm. The stem and leaves are green.

The white , greenish or pale yellow flowers have the same structure as a classic orchid flower. Growing in groups of 8 or 10 , they form little bunches where the leaf is joined to the stem.


Natural fertilization requires the action of specialized insects hat are present only in the dense forests of Central America from which vanilla comes .

After fertilization , the ovary which served as the stalk ("peduncle") at the base of the flower develops into a hanging bean, 12 to 25 cm long. The fresh and as yet odourless beans measure 8 to 10 mm in diameter.


They contain thousands of tiny seeds.