Vanilla plants, like most orchids, are native to Central America.

They were introduced to other producing countries by man, dating back to the discovery of the New World.

Vanilla is the fruit of the pollination of the vanilla flower (vine of the orchid family).

The pollination or “breeding” of the flower is artificially induced through human intervention.

There is a great variety of vanilla plants, very few of which have aromatic properties.

The two varieties most prized for their great aromatic properties are:

*Vanilla X tahititensis (real tahitian vanilla)
Tahiti and its islands
(1% of world production).

*Vanilla Planifolia (Bourbon Vanilla),
in all other producing countries,including:
Madagascar, Reunion, Indonesia, Mexico, Uganda, the Comoro Islands and India (99% of market share).