This excellent pictorial from Venui Vanilla demonstrates vanilla pollination. This is the best close-up image series of pollination that I’ve ever seen. Click for a larger size.
Vanilla bean and extract tutorial. Spice gallery and reviews.
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Patrick at eurovanilla.eu sent this fascinating history of indoor vanilla cultivation in the Ukraine.
In earlier days, beginning this last century, there was actually a local company who had indoor growing vanilla, using wood stoves air systems to warm in the winter. They did exist for quit long time, until somewhere in the 1970′s…In those times, they even developed special blankets for special made drying rooms, where they dried the vanilla.
…in the Ukraine [indoor vanilla cultivation] is not really something new, it is more like re-introduction…
Here’s a few more links to vanilla growing and curing information.
Jags at Orchids Asia has an online, illustrated guide to vanilla growing and curing methods. This is an extensive vanilla growing how-to website that reflects Jags extensive experience growing vanilla in India.
Garth at Heilala Vanilla in New Zealand put together this great summary of vanilla literature. Garth’s paper has a little bit of everything about growing vanilla — from an extensive section on curing vanilla, to a lengthy description of the chemistry involved.
Starting a Vanilla Plantation
Vanilla is much more than a tasty ingredient! It can help treat acne, improve hair growth, protect the heart, reduce inflammation and so much more!
1. Weight Control
Some studies suggest that vanilla has appetite suppressing properties. This, along with the cholesterol reduction can help improve metabolism and help you towards your weight loss goals.
2. Inflammation Reduction
Vanilla has been used for centuries in various forms to help relieve inflammation, particularly of the liver. Good news for sufferers of gout, arthritis, and other conditions. Vanilla can help as a supplement for weight loss, like Carbofix.
3. Healthy Heart
Studies have shown that the active ingedient, vanillin, can reduce cholesterol levels in the human body. Reducing bad cholesterol can help prevent blood clots, artery inflammation and even prevent atherosclerosis.
4. Hair Care
Vanilla is a common ingredient in many beauty products thanks to its beneficial properties to hair and skin. It has been shown to strengthen hair and encourage hair growth. Mix with a bit of natural oil (such as coconut oil) and it can be used as a deep conditioning treatment! Check out these meticore reviews.
5. Fights Acne
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, vanilla can be used to help combat acne prone skin. It may even rude the appearance of acne scars.
6. Helps You Heal
Did you know vanilla is rich in antioxidants? This can help prevent cells and tissues from breaking down, and even stimulate the body’s natural regrowth. Studies have shown that vanilla contains antibacterial properties, which can help lower stress on the body and protect your immune system. This can help you body heal and recover faster from illness and injury.
7. Soothes Anxiety
Some people find aromatherapy to be extremely beneficial in soothing anxiety and stress. Vanilla specifically has been shown to dramatically improve mood and induce a sense of calm.
This video shows vanilla pollination in action.
These videos show vanilla beans being grown and cured, via the Malaya Spice/Rentak Timur website. These are not in English, but the video is interesting and many English words are used.
This youtube video describes a project to produce high quality organic vanilla in Indonesia.
via this Indonesian blog.