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va·nil·la

(vă-nil'ă),
The cured, full-grown, unripe fruit of Vanila planifolia (Mexican or Bourbon vanilla) or of V. tahitensis (Tahiti vanilla), orchids (family Orchidaceae) native to Mexico and cultivated in other tropic countries; a flavoring agent.
[Sp. vainilla, little pod]

vanilla

(vă-nĭl′ă) [Sp. vainilla, little sheath]
Any one of a group of tropical orchids. The cured seed pods of Vanilla planifolia contain an aromatic substance, also called vanilla, that is used for flavoring.
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Since America requires huge amounts of the spice, it is not surprising that the United States International Development Agency (USAID) has been actively promoting the growing of vanilla in Uganda with "a plant more vanilla" campaign.
As vanilla has been voted the best smell in the world we thought the combination of vanilla scent and a comple-mentary sample of Vanilla Coke would be the perfect antidote to any stress.
Today, almost all commercial vanilla plants are grown in such exotic locations as Madagascar, the Indonesian Islands and the French Pacific islands.
4 A SINGLE vanilla bean will flavour a whole jar of caster sugar over three to four weeks.
In front of this audience, Dr Bertram explained: "With this new plant, we are completing the cycle of responsible vanilla production on site.
Bertram said : "With this new plant, we are completing the cycle of responsible vanilla production on site.
Already, the price of black, food-grade vanilla from Madagascar has nudged up by 10% to about $30/kg, and the market is abuzz with talk of large shipments leaving Madagascar in recent weeks as buyers try to secure supplies while prices are still comparatively low.
Use beans in foods where vanilla is the defining flavour, such as custard and ice cream.
Vanilla pods assume the look of string beans as they ripen on the plant.
Interest in vanilla has increased markedly, partly in response to the growing trend for premium products.
Then, after removing the vanilla pod, add the vanilla syrup.
Vanilla salt is produced by Halen MOn, the Anglesey sea-salt company which numbers TV chef Delia Smith among its devotees.