Vanilla Bean Glazed
Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family.
Spanish explorers arriving on the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the early 16th century gave vanilla its current name.
They called it vainilla, or “little pod”.
Early years, vanilla was used as a fragrance in temples and the flowers were placed inside of amulets to protect the wearer from the evil eye.
The majority of the world’s vanilla is known as Bourbon vanilla.
Named for the period when the island of Réunion was ruled by the Bourbon kings of France; it does not contain Bourbon whiskey.
Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing vanilla to the United States.
Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron.
A teaspoon of vanilla in Italian tomato sauces or Mexican chili helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes.
Vanilla extract is used by veteran fishermen to mask the smell of their hands so the fish won’t detect them.
The United States consumption of vanilla beans is approximately
1,200 tons per year!