Vanilla

Sourced from small-scale African farmers for the freshest, premium quality, conventional and organic spices.

Vanilla (V.Planifolia)

Origin: Northern Tanzania

Agri Ventures offers conventional and fully organic, premium quality cinnamon, sourced directly from small-scale farmers in mainland Tanzania.

We work closely with our network of small-scale farmers in Tanzania to ensure that Vanilla is cultivated with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and are fully traceable, from harvest to delivery.

Each Vanilla plantation contributes to afforestation and is harvested with traditional, sustainable methods only.

Product Details

Vanilla is available in:

  • Form: Cured Bean Pods
  • Packaging: Bundled or Un-bundled in 25 kg Carton

Product Description

Vanilla’s Nature

Vanilla is a flavoring derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla, primarily from the species, flat-leaved vanilla (V. Planifolia). Pollination by hand is required to get the vanilla fruit from which the flavoring is derived. V. Planifolia, is grown in Madagascar, Réunion, and other tropical areas along the Indian Ocean. Tanzania, joined the Vanilla market in the 1980s. Yet, despite their favorable growing environment for the crop and high quality of the products, selling channels provided for growers are limited due to the relatively limited production supply and logistic challenges.

Agri Ventures Vanilla is mainly grown by Small scale farmers in Northern Tanzania.The quality of vanilla produced in this area came to be renowned for its good fragrance emanating from its high vanillin content of over 3% (while top grade products in Madagascar, for instance, contain around 2% only).

Vanilla is the second-most expensive spice after saffron because growing the vanilla seed pods is labor-intensive. Despite the expense, vanilla is highly valued for its flavor.[As a result, vanilla is widely used in both commercial and domestic baking, perfume manufacture, and aromatherapy.

Uses of Vanilla

The four main commercial preparations of natural vanilla are:

  • Whole pod
  • Powder (ground pods, kept pure or blended with sugar, starch, or other ingredients)
  • Extract (in alcoholic or occasionally glycerol solution; both pure and imitation forms of vanilla contain at least 35% alcohol)
  • Vanilla sugar, a packaged mix of sugar and vanilla extract

Regarded as the world’s most popular aroma and flavor, Vanilla is a widely used aroma and flavor compound for foods, beverages and cosmetics, as indicated by its popularity as an ice cream flavor. Although vanilla is a prized flavoring agent on its own, it is also used to enhance the flavor of other substances, to which its own flavor is often complementary, such as chocolate, custard, caramel, coffee, and others. Vanilla is a common ingredient in Western sweet baked goods, such as cookies and cakes.

Type Vanilla
Origin Northern Tanzania
Quality Premium, Standard and Extract
Weight 25 kg Carton
Best Use Within 2 year
Form Pods, Powder (ground)

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