Vanilla is the second most expensive spice available today (just after saffron). Each flower on the Vine is hand pollinated which takes many hours of work and once the beans have reached the right time for picking there is a lengthy process to bring it to what we know as a Vanilla Bean. This involves various different stages of processing and is finally left to mature to develop that heavenly Vanilla flavour and Aroma that we are familiar with and can take around 6 months to get to this point. Another factor that has contributed to the high price is due to severe weather damaging the crop which can lead to a reduction in the harvest available to buy and therefore an increase in price to the consumer.