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Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) is a flavoring derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla native to Mexico. Etymologically, vanilla derives from the Spanish word "vainilla", little pod.

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron, due to the extensive labor required to grow the vanilla seed pods. Despite its high cost, vanilla is widely used in both commercial and domestic baking, perfume manufacture and aromatherapy.

The fruit, a seed capsule, if left on the plant, will ripen and open at the end; as it dries, the phenolic compounds crystallize, giving the beans a diamond-dusted appearance which the French call givre (hoarfrost). It will then release the distinctive vanilla smell.

The fruit contains tiny, flavorless seeds. In dishes prepared with whole natural vanilla, these seeds are recognizable as black specks. The cosmetics industry uses vanilla to make perfume.

In old medicinal literature, vanilla is described as an aphrodisiac and a remedy for fevers. The essential oils of vanilla and vanillin are sometimes used in aromatherapy.

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