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Botanical:Vanilla planifolia Jacks
Family: Orchidaceae
Plant Portion:Beans
Extraction Method: Supercritical fluid extraction
Origin: South America and Mexico are the native homes of the evergreen type vine. Specifically the vine is cultivated in the countries of Mexico, Costa Rico, Guatemala, Indonesia, India, Tahiti, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar
Description: The vanilla beans, which are brown in color, are produced from the cured pods on the evergreen type vine. The leaves are green and color and the flowers are a cross between white and green.
Color: Leaves are green, beans are brown.
Historical Uses: Vanilla was originally known to be used to reduce fevers and to be used as an aphrodisiac. Used in aromatherapy today. Vanilla oil is also commonly used in cooking and preparing foods such as ice cream and coffee. A number of perfumes contain vanilla oil as well.
History: Usage dates back as far as the Aztecs. Mainly produced by Mexico until the middle of the 19th century in which the French began to ship the bean in hopes of joining in on the production of vanilla there. Prices have of the Vanilla essential oil have often been high in the past and continue to fluctuate still today.