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Interesting Facts...
  Humans were using spices in 50,000  BC. The spice trade developed throughout the Middle East in around 2000 BC with cinnamon and pepper, and in East Asia (Korea, China) with herbs and pepper.

  In the 18th century, Holland had such a fiercely guarded monopoly on the clove trade that the government made growing or selling cloves outside its colony of Amboina, in Indonesia, a crime punishable by death. The Chinese were said to use them as far back as 226 BC. Apparently they chewed the flowerettes prior to having an audience with the Emperor so that their breath would not smell bad.

Cardamom is used to break up kidney stones and gallstones, and was reportedly used as an antidote for both snake and scorpion venom. Guatemala is the largest producer of cardamom in the world with an average yield of between 25 thousand to 29 thousand metric tons annually.

Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, the largest family of flowering plants in the world

The early term for "merchant" in Austronesian is *dagang (Dempwolff) and this word is very similar to one of the terms for "ocean."

Columbus' far-fetched proposal to reach the East Indies by sailing westward received the support of the Spanish crown, which saw in it a promise, however remote, of gaining the upper hand over rival powers in the contest for the lucrative spice trade with Asia

The Cashew Nut is actually a seed and not a "nut", in the botanical sense.  The seed is surrounded by a double shell containing an allergenic phenolic resin, anacardic acid, a potent skin irritant chemically related to the more well known allergenic oil urushiol which is also a toxin found in the related poison ivy. Properly roasting cashews destroys the toxin, but it must be done outdoors as the smoke (not unlike that from burning poison ivy) contains urushiol droplets which can cause severe, sometimes life-threatening, reactions by irritating the lungs.

While native to Brazil, the Portuguese took the cashew plant to Goa, India, between the years of 1560 and 1565. From there it spread throughout Southeast Asia and eventually Africa.

Vanilla grower in Madagascar

vanilla grower in Madagascar


  • Vanilla Podssuppliers of vanilla pods in Madagascar
    Vanilla from Madagascar

    Vanilla is a flavouring derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla, which is native to Mexico.  Vanilla planifolia (syn. V. fragrans), is the subspecies grown on Madagascar.  Vanilla planifolia, and its closely related siblings V. pompona and V. tahititensis are the only species, out of tens of thousands of orchid species, and the only ones out of the 110 species of Vanilla, who produce any product for human consumption or use!

    The Totonac people, who inhabit the Mazatlan Valley on the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the present-day state of Veracruz, were the first to cultivate vanilla. According to Totonac mythology, the tropical orchid was born when Princess Xanat, forbidden by her father from marrying a mortal, fled to the forest with her lover. The lovers were captured and beheaded. Where their blood touched the ground, the vine of the tropical orchid grew.

    The Vanilla from Madagascar is also known as Bourbon Vanilla.

    Vanilla from Madagascar
    Vanilla Plant

    For its cultivation supporting trees are necessary. It requires shade. It can be cultivated as an intercrop in coconut, areca nut and Pepper farms. Vanilla is propagated mainly by stem cutting. The ideal time for planting vanilla is when the weather is neither too rainy nor too dry. August or September is the planting season. Flowering Commences in the third year after planting. Depending upon the place of cultivation flowering is from December to March.
    The ideal time for pollination is 6 a.m to 12 noon. After pollination the beans take 9-11 months for their maturity. For its processing different methods are adopted.
    Once fully cured, the vanilla beans are sorted by quality and graded. Vanilla grades depend mostly on the length of the bean, since there is a correlation between length and vanillin content, they could be Grade A, B or C.  Vanilla has got a multitude of uses in cooking, cosmetics, aromatherapy etc.
    Each vanilla orchid blossoms for only a few hours and must be pollinated by hand during that time. The bean is odorless when harvested, becoming fragrant only after it has been fermented and dried. This complex process makes vanilla the second-most expensive spice in the world (after saffron).
    Oily, supple, dark brown or black beans are the criteria for a good quality; a white film signifies exceptional quality.

    We are suppliers of high quality vanilla from Madagascar, meticulously selected and cured

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    Bourbon Vanilla
    Bourbon Vanilla