The Rare Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Orchid

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Sweet Day Gourmet

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

We Love Vanilla

Vanilla comes from beans, right?  Well, not exactly. Vanilla is harvested from the seed pod of a vanilla orchid, or vanilla planifolia. These orchids are originally from Mexico and great length has gone into its commercial cultivation in other countries such as Madagascar and Indonesia, and the US (Hawaii). Here are some great facts about the vanilla orchid:

  • All commercially grown vanilla orchids are pollinated by hand, one at a time
  • Vanilla orchid flowers only open for one day
  • It takes a minimum of three years for a vanilla orchid plant to reach maturity and produce a bean pod
  • Each plant produces a flower at a different time and cannot be forced into blooming
  • Vanilla contains manganese, calcium, magnesium, and potassium 

Considering the delicate nature of orchids and the laborious process of cultivating these exotic flowers, it is no wonder vanilla is so expensive! There is, however, no substitute for pure vanilla.  Many bakeries use artificial or diluted vanilla in their products. Here at Sweet Day Gourmet we only use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, which is only grown and cultivated in Madagascar. The reason we choose this wonderful rich and full-bodied vanilla is because this particular vanilla, according to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, is "...sweet, creamy flavor and velvety after-tones work perfectly in any number of cooking and baking applications..." We want to accentuate the vanilla orchid's gift of flavor in our gourmet baking items. Click here to browse our unique baking products and experience the difference high quality Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla makes.