Vanilla orchid

What is real Vanilla?

Vanilla is used as a flavouring in many foods we buy today. Yet most of our experiences with real it are very limited especially in the UK. More and more people today are asking; “What is Real Vanilla?“, because up to now it was an exclusive and even elusive produce to find here.

People often confused Vanilla Essence and Vanilla Extract. Essence is made with artificial falvourings .

What is vanilla essence?

Vanilla essence, also known as artificial vanilla extract, is typically made using water, ethanol, propylene glycol, emulsifiers, and other chemically produced flavors and colours.

It gets its flavour from synthetic vanillin, which is much cheaper than using vanilla beans.

What is Vanilla Extract?

Vanilla Extract is made using water, Ethanol, real Vanilla beans and Sugar. Nothing else, that’s why our Vanilla Extracts are Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free, GMO-Free, Kosher Certified
Suitable for Vegans.

To help you get a better understanding, here are a few essential facts:

  • The Vanilla beans that we are familiar with today are the fruit from a variety of orchid plant known as Planifolia. The orchid family is the largest group of flowering plants in the world, yet vanilla is the only edible fruit found among them.
  • The main crop producing plant is called “V. Planifolia”.
  • V. Planifolia is a species of vanilla. It is one of the primary sources for vanilla flavouring, due to its high vanillin content.
  • Vanilla is classed as a spice in culinary terms.
  • It is the most labour-intensive agricultural crop.
  • It is the second most expensive spice in the world (to saffron!).
  • Currently the US is the biggest importer, followed by France.

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