Best Vanilla
  • It takes 4 g of vanilla beans to flavor 1 liter of milk or hot stock.
  • The Aztecs called vanilla tlilxóchitl which means black flower.
  • Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world next to saffron.
  • Only the melipona bee, found in Central America, can pollinate vanilla. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, humans have to mimic this process by hand with a wooden needle.
  • Because the vanilla flower lasts only one day, vanilla workers have pollinate from 1,000 up to 2,000 vanilla orchid flowers per day.
  • The beans are hand-picked and then cured, wrapped, and dried in a process that takes 4 to 6 months.
  • Tahitian vanilla also originates from the Mexican plant, but it mutated in the last sixty years to become its own species. It differs significantly from Bourbon and Mexican vanilla.
  • The aroma of vanilla is known as calming, soothing, and sensual, and used as an aphrodisiac in some cultures.
  • Deodorize your house with a few drops of vanilla in a can.
  • Freshen up your car with a vanilla bean under your seat. Musty odors will fade away and give way to a fresh aroma.
  • Nothing fishy about vanilla though, but vanilla extract is used by veteran fishermen to mask off the smell of their hands to remain undetectable to the fish.
  • 37 calories for one tablespoon of vanilla extract largely from sugars.
  • May 22nd is Vanilla Pudding Day.