VANILLA COUNTY EXPORTS ORGANIC VANILLA FROM THE VANILLA CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Vanilla County is committed to providing the great taste of one of the most popular ingredients in the world, Bourbon Vanilla.
They combine 40 years of trust with the knowledge of organic cultivation from local farmers. Using this, they produce high-quality vanilla beans. These beans then meet the export needs of the most demanding global markets, the US and Europe.
Deep into the heart of Sava, Madagascar the world’s favourite ingredient in the confectionery, beverage, and perfume industries is grown.
A SUSTAINABLE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP
Sustainable means something that can be maintained in the long term. This means to grow the best quality, sustainable Vanilla Beans we need to give back what we take.
Vanilla County offers fair prices to its producers in the Sava religion because they understand that vanilla cultivation is the only way of life there. Therefore, Malagasy farmers are left with very little option but to grow this crop for their income.
Vanilla County also helps the community by setting up schools. They also provide health centres to empower women and help reduce the problem of malaria infection. This is because a more knowledgeable and healthy community will reap good quality crops. All of this means the ecological balance will be maintained.
IF IT ISN’T BOURBON VANILLA IT ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH
Madagascar is a small island country in the Indian Ocean and it is very important for vanilla cultivation. This is because Madagascar has the ideal temperature conditions for vanilla growth. Vanilla orchids are able to grow here because of the country’s hot and humid weather, tropical rainforest, and moderate rainfall. Madagascar is the leading exporter of Vanilla Planifolia and produces over half of the world’s supply.
The Sava, in the northeastern region of Madagascar, is known as the nerve centre of Bourbon Vanilla production. Bourbon is considered a better quality Vanilla. Previously, Vanilla that came from the island of Reunion, Ile Bourbon, was called Bourbon Vanilla. But, now any vanilla bean or extract that comes from Madagascar is known as Bourbon Vanilla.
This rich Vanilla variety has a distinct aroma. So that when it is added to any drink or confectionary item (commercial or domestic) it greatly improves the flavour.
GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME TO COME
Bourbon Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world because of its labour-intensive production. Vanilla County has an experienced Malagasy family who uses their organic farming knowledge during the curing process to cultivate the best Bourbon Vanilla.
Natural pollination by bees is not possible, so farmers spend hours hand pollinating the pods. Once the beans reach the yellowish ripe stage in the eighth or ninth month, they are picked and sorted. They are then boiled in water to stop the photosynthesis process. After this, the beans are exposed to sunlight for one part of the day and then kept wrapped in a blanket for the rest of the day to soak up the heat. This goes on for weeks to help the moisture content to reduce slowly and organically. Following this step, the beans are kept in wooden boxes for a couple of weeks. This further lowers the moisture content and develops the vanilla scent.