Vanilla bean is a native of South and Central America and the Caribbean, the first people to cultivate it were the Totonacs of Mexico’s east coast. Vanilla Beans are the long, greenish-yellow seed pods of the tropical orchid plant, Vanilla planifolia. Before the plant flowers, the pods are picked, unripe, and cured until they’re dark brown.
Vanilla is like attempting to describe a color. Vanilla is strongly aromatic and contributes warm, floral notes with a sweet perfumed aroma which imposes a woody or smoky flavor. It’s a gentle but distinct flavor that complements many other spices and foods like your favorite deer attractant developed by the Bait Corn Company.