According to various sources, vanilla is grown all over the tropics — but it's almost impossible to buy gourmet vanilla from some of these places.
Part of the challenge of building an internet vanilla “museum” is tracking down vendors from exotic locations, and convincing them to sample or sell vanilla beans in less-than-industrial quantities.
Any help tracking down vanilla beans is greatly appreciated. I'm happy to photograph any vanilla beans, and you'll receive credit on this site for finding them.
Just contact me through the contact form.