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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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The vanilla fields lie close to the Symrise factory in Benavony.
My body is tired," he said, holding a section of bare vine from which thieves plucked three kilos of green vanilla a week ago.
Mexico nevertheless still played a rich role in vanilla history.
Vanilla extract and icing prices for home bakers have surged even more, up to 30 per cent, says industry mag the Grocer.
Tesco put 100ml of Taylor & College Vanilla Bean Extract up PS1.50 to PS6.
"So with Vanilla I get them the usual treats, also spiders are easy to care for.
In testament to the work carried out by Vanilla, Largo have now signed a new contract that will see the UK firm provide technical support to the crisp company.
5 ANOTHER animal study found that vanilla extract had powerful liver-protective abilities, as well as anti-inflammatory abilities.
Major producers of vanilla also include French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Comoro Islands, and Uganda.
Julie Fisher, who founded Ruby Violet seven years ago, said she's stopped buying vanilla and plans to avoid doing so "for the foreseeable future" as she can't afford the thousands of pounds the plant extract would cost.
At one time, Mexico was the sole producer of vanilla beans, but this changed in the 1950s when countries like Indonesia and Madagascar, and later Papua New Guinea and China, entered the market.
For the tomato jam: 675g super-ripe red tomatoes 120ml honey 150g white granulated sugar 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest A splash of fresh lemon juice 1 plump vanilla pod, split A pinch of Maldon salt For the baked yoghurt: 230g condensed milk 230g double cream 290g Greek yoghurt 2 vanilla pods For the langues de chat: 125g unsalted butter, softened 125g icing sugar, sifted 125g plain flour, sifted A pinch of fine salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 large egg whites Extras: Small glass pots or ramekins for the yoghurt Piping bag and plain nozzle A suitable jar for the jam Method: To make the jam, split the vanilla pods and scrape out the seeds.