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General

  • Vanilla is a flavouring derived from orchids in the genus Vanilla native to Mexico. The name came from the Spanish word "vainilla," meaning "little pod."
  • The term "vanilla" derives from the use of vanilla extract as the basic flavoring for ice cream, and by extension meaning "plain" or "conventional".
  • Vanilla grows as a vine, climbing up an existing tree, pole, or other support. It can be grown in a wood (on trees), in a plantation (on trees or poles), or in a "shader", in increasing orders of productivity
  • Vanilla extract is made by percolating alcohol and water through chopped, cured beans, somewhat like making coffe

Application

  • The cosmetics industry uses vanilla to make perfume.
  • The most common flavour of ice cream is vanilla, and thus most people consider it to be the "default" flavour.
  • Vanilla oil is used to flavor different kinds products. It is also used to make perfumes and skin scrubs. Vanilla essential oilís scent is a known sensual aphrodisiac, which may be why it is an ingredient in Oriental type perfumes.
  • The vanilla oil is extracted from Vanilla folia by a process called enfleurage, which uses fats to capture the essence expelled by the vanilla bean.
  • Vanilla is one of the most popular flavorings in the world. It is used in flavoring most desserts, including ice cream, custard, cake, candy, and pudding.
     

Process

  • Vanilla extract is made by percolating alcohol and water through chopped, cured beans, somewhat like making coffee.
  • Vanilla needs a process of curing similar to cacao to develop its characteristic aroma, for example the pods may be picked green then sun dried, oven heated or cured in hot water.
  • During the curing process the flavour precursors, which are glucosides, are broken down into vanillin and glucose and some other minor aromatic substances.
  • Vanilla needs a process of curing similar to cacao to develop its characteristic aroma, for example the pods may be picked green then sun dried, oven heated or cured in hot water.
     

Market

  • Vanilla, recognised as the world's most popular flavour, has had a rough ride in recent years with the price rising steeply as a result of tropical storms and a highly contested presidential election in Madagascar, the country that accounts for over 50 per cent of global production.
  • Madagascar, the largest producer of vanilla, will likely see production fall due to the havoc wreaked by the storms, which displaced more than 100,000 people.
  • vanilla flavour experiences strong and growing demand, within the larger category real vanilla is increasingly being substituted with synthetic vanillin.D
  • The vanilla market has been tumultuous since 2000, when environmental disasters and political turmoil in Madagascar and Indonesia cut supply so drastically that the world price skyrocketed
  • The main application of natural vanilla is for flavouring ice creams and soft drinks. It is estimated that nearly 300 tonnes of vanilla beans is used in USA every year in the preparation of cola type drinks.

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