Archive for the ‘Grow Vanilla’ Category

Vanilla pollination pictorial

Friday, May 16th, 2008

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.

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This pictorial shows vanilla pollination.
Photo:Venui Vanilla/original URL.

Indoor vanilla in the Ukraine

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Patrick at 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…


More on growing vanilla

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

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

Starting a vanilla plantation

Friday, May 9th, 2008

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.

Vanilla pollination video

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

This video shows vanilla pollination in action.

Malaysia Vanilla

Monday, April 7th, 2008

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.

Part 1

Part 2

Gourmet Organic Vanilla from Indonesia

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

This youtube video describes a project to produce high quality organic vanilla in Indonesia.

via this Indonesian blog.