Madagascar split vanilla north/east Antsirabe

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Madagascar split vanilla north/east Antsirabe

Technical guide

Ingredients 2 pods in a glass tube.
Origin Madagascar
Net weight 6 g
Conservation / Utilisation In a glass tube or an airtight jug put away in a cupboard.
Price incl. tax €15.10

The most powerful of vanillas and yet not the most beautiful: strong bouquet of prune and cocoa. For chocolate and toffee preparations.

The words of Olivier Roellinger

The toffee and chocolate aficionado
On of the most powerful of vanillas, with its aroma of cocoa but also of prune.

Story

In 1521, the Spanish conquistador Cortes brought the first pod back to Europe, to the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. It arrived in France for the first time in 1664 and Louis XIV was ravished by the lush flavour of vanilla. The French king decided that vanilla plants would be cultivated on the colony of La Réunion - the called Île Bourbon. The vines grew well and bloomed... but no pod developed. After many attempts, the French abandoned their endeavour, persuaded that the Totonac Indians had kept a secret.
It was only in 1850 that the mystery was solved: a slave child called Edmond Albius discovered how to pollinate the vanilla vine´s flower thanks to the thorn of a wild citrus. Legend goes that this discovery bought Edmond Albius his freedom.
Following this discovery, the cultivation of vanilla expanded rapidly throughout French colonies and other regions under French influence: Île Bourbon, Madagascar, Polynesia... and even in Mexico itself, such as in Papantla, near Veracruz.