Bourbon vanilla is grown in Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Mayotte, Reunion, and Mauritius, all of which are located in the Indian Ocean.
Orchid plants are the source of vanilla beans, one of the world's most distinctive, treasured, and widely used spices. The vanilla orchid bloom isn't really attractive; it's short and slender, with no inflorescence and a pale yellow hue that isn't particularly appealing.
Vanillin, the chemical that gives vanilla its taste, is abundant in these seed pods.
Make puddings, ice cream, biscuits, cakes, pies, compotes, jams, vanilla sauce, muffins, and tortes with a strong vanilla flavor. Vanilla is also delicious in beverages like hot chocolate and chai lattes.
◉ Spices should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor.