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Be part of the 1% solution!

99% of vanilla fragrances and flavors are actually artificial.

We can change that. If we purchase only products using pure vanilla all the time, and if we encourage our family and friends to do the same, hundreds of additional farmers will grow vanilla. This means thousands more children can go to school, have enough to eat and have medical care. Be part of the 1% Solution. Buy only pure vanilla!

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Did you know there is a dark side to fair trade vanilla? According to the World Fair Trade Organization, the definition of Fair Trade is as follows: “Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seek greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading [...]

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So many choices. So many prices. Are they all the same? What is the best vanilla? Have you ever stared at the vanilla extracts on the store shelves and wondered which  is the best vanilla extract to buy? In some respects, choosing a vanilla extract is like selecting a fine wine. How do you know which [...]

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For a flavor that  everyone loves (some people love it more than chocolate!), why is vanilla extract  sold in little bottles or one or two bean tubes?  Seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?  Then again, vanilla beans are so expensive, why would I want to buy them in bulk? Good questions that we don’t usually consider when [...]

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Vanilla beans get all the glory. But should they? Introducing a best kept secret in the baking world – vanilla paste In 1967 I saw my first vanilla bean. I was already 24 years old. This shouldn’t sound remarkable but it actually is because even finding a vanilla bean in San Francisco in 1967  took some [...]

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Want a natural vanilla fragrance? Unfortunately, there isn’t a cheap solution.  Extracts contain too much water and ground vanilla powder acts more like an exfoliant than a fragrance.  The two options are vanilla oleoresin and vanilla absolute. Vanilla oleoresin is a semi-solid concentrate made by removing the solvent from vanilla extract. A solution of isopropanol [...]

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In addition to the more traditional vanilla beans and extracts, there are newer alternatives for cooking, baking and flavoring beverages.  Ground vanilla beans (also called ground vanilla powder), vanilla powder and vanilla paste are flavorful, useful options.  Read on to learn more. Buy pure vanilla powder Vanilla Powder There are several types of vanilla powders [...]

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Imitation vanilla comes from synthetic vanillin, which mimics the flavor of natural vanillin, one of the components that gives vanilla its extraordinary bouquet.The first synthetics were made in Germany in the 1870s as pure vanilla was so expensive that only the wealthy could afford it. It was first made from coniferin, the glucoside that makes [...]

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If you have never tried Tahitian vanilla but you like fruity, floral, flavors and aromas, treat yourself to this marvellous extract! Tahitian vanilla (Vanilla tahitensis) did not originate in Tahiti.  It appears that Spaniards brought vanilla plant stock to the southern Philippines, one of its colonial outposts.  Vanilla planifolia was crossed with Vanilla odorata in [...]

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Madagascar and Bourbon vanilla are actually the same.  I’ll explain: Buy Madagascar vanilla extract Buy Bourbon vanilla extract Vanilla planifolia, is the species of vanilla most commonly used in extracts. Vanilla planifolia stock originated in Mexico, vanilla’s birthplace, but cuttings were taken to other tropical countries beginning in the 1700s. In the 1800s, the French [...]

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Buy pure Mexican vanilla extract Vanilla is a food of the Americas.  While there are a variety of wild species of vanilla growing around the world, it was in what is now Mexico and Guatemala, that vanilla was first used as a sacred plant. Dried vanilla beans perfumed altars and the flowers were placed in [...]

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Shop our vanilla store for some of the best vanilla extracts on the market.  So many vanilla extracts, so many prices. How are they different? How are they made? How do you know if they are pure? There are rules governing vanilla extract production and labeling. Unfortunately, not every company follows the rules. So choosing [...]

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Vanilla Oil (adapted from Gerard Vives) Ingredients: 3 whole vanilla beans, or to taste 1 cup grape seed oil, unflavored Method: 1. With the tip of a sharp knife, make a slit down the length of each vanilla bean. Spread them open and use the knife to scrape the moist seeds into a small bowl. [...]

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Just as “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” was a catch phrase of the 1960s pop subculture, “Calm Down, Feel Good, Lose Weight,” seems to be nearly everyone’s mantra in the first years of the new millennium. For many of us, the hectic pace of modern life leaves us anxious and exhausted, and all too [...]

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Ah, the delicious allure of romance, the intensity of a new infatuation, the rapture of falling in love. Pretty powerful stuff, the pleasures and passions of romance and love. Spring, summer, fall and winter, we’re in love with the idea of love. The perfume industry thrives on our desire to lure and captivate the object [...]

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vanilla legends

In early times, the Land of the Resplendent Moon, was the kingdom of Totonocopan, ruled by the Totonacas. The palm-studded sands, verdant valleys, and shimmering hills and sierra in what is now known as Vera Cruz, were overseen from several locations. One was Papantla, place of the papan birds. Another was El Tajin, the thunder [...]

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Buy Bourbon vanilla beans Buy Mexican vanilla beans Buy Tahitian vanilla beans Vanilla beans – those pricey, fragrant, dried seedpods that offer no easy clue about how to use them – are native to tropical America. There are over 150 varieties of vanilla orchids (there are 27 varieties in South Florida alone), but only two [...]

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Let’s look at the so-called vanilla from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for the answer A common misconception exists about vanilla from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. People rave to me about the fabulous deal they got on a giant bottle of vanilla extract in Mexico, Haiti, Guadeloupe, etc. It has such a [...]

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Here are some of the questions  that I’m most frequently asked about vanilla. These are the short answers. Throughout the site you will find more detailed answers to these and other questions you may have. Q. What is vanilla? A. Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, which is the largest family [...]

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Much more than just an ingredient in baked goods, vanilla is a magical flavoring that can do wonders for most foods and beverages.  It’s also very useful in calming our minds and bodies and helping us to feel good.  Here are some thoughts and suggestions for making use of vanilla’s magic.   For instance, did you [...]

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Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, the largest family of flowering plants in the world. It’s a tropical orchid, and there are more than 150 varieties of vanilla, though only two types – Bourbon and Tahitian — are used commercially. Vanilla grows within the 20-degree band either side of the Equator [...]

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Be part of the 1% solution!

99% of vanilla fragrances and flavors are actually artificial.We can change that. If we purchase only products using pure vanilla all the time, and if we encourage our family and friends to do the same, hundreds of additional farmers will grow vanilla. this means thousands more children can go to school, have enough to eat and have medical care. Be part of the 1% Solution. Buy only pure vanilla!
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