Vanilla is Everything but Everything is Not Vanilla

Vanilla is Everything but Everything is Not Vanilla

Posted by Lone Cactus Candles on Aug 2nd 2020

Vanilla is everything but everything is not vanilla The scent of vanilla reminds us of our youth growing up around the scents of the kitchen. While our lives have certainly become more complicated lately, those home scents bring us back to a simpler time when we sat in the kitchen while our parents baked or dad made home made ice cream. What I did not know until today was where vanilla came from. I'm embarrassed to admit it but this is true. I have always loved the pure scent of vanilla and use vanilla in a variety of goods but in watching CBS Sunday Morning today I learned that the vast majority of vanilla comes from Madagascar. That island off the southeast coast of the African continent produces 80+ percent of all of our vanilla. Who knew it was a multi-billion dollar industry? Of course we should know this but sometimes in life as an American we can take things for granted. For many years the world relied on a special pollinator bee to pollinate the vanilla orchid but then an immigrant to Mexico from African figured out how to pollinate the orchid without the bee and everything changed in the vanilla producing world. Now, self-pollination is the main approach to engaging the biologic process that leads to vanilla. When you light this candle and take in the pure smell of vanilla think of the people of Madagascar who have worked long and hard to bring this joy to our lands. Learn more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-flavorful-story-of-vanilla/