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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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Perez Garcia said the certification has helped vanilla become a profitable crop, since 80% of Mexico's production is exported.
In Mukono, hundreds of farmers have abandoned vanilla for coffee.
Take 2 cups vanilla ice cream, 1 cup whole milk, and 1tsp vanilla extract.
6 VANILLA pods can be kept for up to three or four years if stored properly.
Symrise works directly with vanilla farmers in North Eastern Madagascar in order to ensure the sourcing of natural vanilla as well as guarantee its high quality and seamless traceability.
He adds that buyers are reporting 500 tonnes of vanilla have already been shipped out of Madagascar this year - a huge amount, given the total global vanilla crop is only about 2,500 tonnes a year.
Use beans in foods where vanilla is the defining flavour, such as custard and ice cream.
Under the best of circumstances, it will take several years for a vanilla plant to flower and, even then, it must be pollinated by hand and the temperature, light, and humidity have to be just right for vanilla seed pods/beans to develop.
The Tahitians were cooking fish in saltwater with vanilla added.
The vanilla pod is the fruit of an orchid native to Mexico.
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola North America has announced plans to introduce diet black cherry vanilla coke and black cherry vanilla coke in January 2006.