It's a shame because it is a 100% Mexican product," said Alfredo Lopez, sales director at Gaya Vai-Mex, a Veracruz-based processor that makes vanilla extract and Xanath, a vanilla liqueur.
Some Mexican vanilla producers would like the Mexican government to go further and ban production of artificial vanilla substitutes.
When the Spanish conquerors first encountered vanilla in the court of the great Aztec emperor Montezuma, it was used with cacao beans to make a curious drink they called `chocolatl,' a delicious beverage that quickly became the rage of Europe.
Each vanilla flower opens separately and for only a short time of one day, during which it must be pollinated by hand to produce the bean.
The calories drop to about 200 for vanilla, and stay in the high 200s for the fancier flavors.
Among our favorites: Breyers All Natural Light Natural Vanilla had us thinking full-fat.
Nielsen-Massey's cold extraction method coaxes all of the delicate and volatile flavour components from the vanilla
bean, then careful drying preserves the flavour until it is released when reconstituted.
The flavor and aroma characteristics of vanilla differ slightly according to where the plants are grown and how the beans are processed.
Tahitian vanilla offers an exotic fruity and floral flavor profile and aroma.
Powder offers all the flavour of vanilla
in an alcohol-free, readily soluble form, suitable for dry cream filling mixes.
Additional information on Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extracts, Flavors, and Blends is available from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc.
The average consumer today knows that the delicious flavor of vanilla ice cream and many other foods comes from adding vanilla flavoring-and some may know that it is derived from the vanilla bean.