Magical properties! It is said that Vanilla calms the nerves, lifts the spirits and improves the romantic aspect of one’s life. Vanilla is an extraordinary flavor, full of mystery and elusiveness that is often taken for granted. Undoubtedly one of life’s little secrets which is also widely used in medicinal concoctions to make them more palatable. Thus a ‘magical’ flavoring agent, calming the mind and body! Did you know that vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family. There are two types of vanilla that are used for commercial purposes – Bourbon and Tahitian. It is the worlds most labor intensive agricultural crop, taking up to three years after the vines are planted, before the first flowers appear. Vanilla has a long history of robbery and intrigue as it is very expensive and highly prized and in growing countries it is not uncommon for vanilla rustling to occur. As there are about 150 varieties of vanilla, it is certainly a flavoring agent that is suited to one’s personal tastes. You will enjoy this cup of tea!
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