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What is a Vanilla Bean?

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What is a vanilla bean?

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A fruit from an orchid flower grown in tropical climates, Vanilla is the second most labour intense crop after Saffron. Each flower of the orchid must be hand pollinated to produce a ‘fruit’ which is then picked and cured, a process that takes 9-12 months. The vanilla then resembles more of a bean hence the term, ‘vanilla bean’.

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