Vanilla Powder and Pods
Real vanilla has little to do with vanilla or vanilla sugar, which we purchase in supermarkets for baking. It is indecently expensive, because its cultivation is very difficult, and the crops are meager – a maximum of two centners per hectare. Vanillin is a product of the chemical industry, and vanilla is the dried and powdered fruits of perennial orchid family vines.
This plant, encircling a tree, climbs to a height of 15 meters. The vanilla stem is very thin, and the leaves are fleshy and flat, long and oval.They grow immediately from the stem, which does not branch. Vanilla flowers bloom no more than one day. After fertilization, the ovary is detected only on the 7th – 9th month! The vanilla fruit is a narrow oblong cylinder about 25 cm long and a half cm wide with small seeds inside. The difficulties with growing vanilla are associated, first of all, with the problems of its pollination. Continue reading