Basic concepts of vanilla
Vanilla is a widespread spice around the world, and it is very popular because of its characteristic sweet flavor. After saffron, which is considered the most expensive spice in the world, vanilla is also one of the most expensive spices.
The complicated production and processing of vanilla for sale affects the total price. One reason for its high price is need for artificial pollination, which is necessary for giving fruits.
The plant that produces the vanilla is a type of orchid with lovely white flowers, which climbs to the base, usually trees. For this type of orchid can be said that is the only edible species of the orchid family. Also, today it is known about 150 species of vanilla, but as most often in traffic are two known types - Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla.
From the orchids as a mature fruit are used pods that are harvested early when they are still unripe, and then passes through a phase of drying in the sun until it gets the characteristic brown or black color.
Where encourages vanilla? Vanilla originated in Mexico; actually Totten Indians were the first to cultivate vanilla primarily for medicinal purposes. They are considered as the first growers of vanilla, and later with discovery of its beautiful aroma and flavor, vanilla is spread by sailors and traders around the world. In Europe, the vanilla came in the 16th century.
The highest quality vanilla comes from Mexico and from the Madagascar Island known as Bourbon, while Indonesia and Tahitian vanilla considered lower quality.
Madagascar is the largest producer, known for the so-called Bourbon vanilla, which is characterized by a creamy, fruity and mild flavor. Together with Indonesia settles 90 percent of global consumption. The aroma of vanilla from Tahiti looks more like fruit.
What is the nutritional composition of vanilla?
A key ingredient in a pod of vanilla is vanillin. Vanilla extract contains small amounts of vitamin B, such as niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamine, riboflavin and pyridoxine and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc.
What are the Health Benefits of vanilla?
- Removes acne and pimples
- Works sedative the nervous system and relaxes
- It is considered an aphrodisiac because it increases libido
- Reduces stress and tension
- Relief of nausea in pregnancy
- Eliminates gastric ailments
- Regulates irregular periods
- Soothes toothache
Purchase and storage of vanilla
When buying vanilla, make sure you buy the original, which was packed in a bag with basic information about the country of origin. On appearance, vanilla stick must have a brown to dark brown color that is elastic, it is not dry and it's have a shiny appearance.
Vanilla has to be store in sealed jars away from light and heat, but do not hold it in the fridge.
Hold the knife and seized it through entire length of vanilla stick. The stick will become ripen and then use the blunt side of the knife to scrap the interior part of vanilla.
After extracting the aromatic interior part it will remain empty vanilla stick that you can put in a bowl with sugar so in a few days, sugar will take vanilla flavor.
Vanilla can make and environmentally freshener. To produce it, mix a teaspoon of vanilla extract with water in a spray bottle.