Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world because growing the seed pods are labor intensive. It is native to Mexico and derived from the pods of the only edible Orchid plant. The exotic spice has an aphrodisiacal reputation for enhancing romance. Its wonderful aromatic flavor is widely used among chefs. The Europeans first used vanilla as a culinary spice. The Aztecs wore it as a “medicinal charm”.
The word vanilla comes from the Spanish word “vainilla” or “little pod”. The spice is sold in two forms, a dried bean and extract. Vanilla beans are sold in cylindrical tube quantities of three. Purchase the beans that are dark brown (almost black), moist to touch, and pliable. If you don’t buy the beans, then buy the pure vanilla extract. The synthetic “imitation” vanilla on the market today cannot be compared to the pure vanilla.
Vanilla is not only known for its flavor and sweet fragrance but for its medical healing benefits.
Worldwide scientists from countries, Malaysia, Thailand, China, and New York had conducted research on this Orchid spice. The findings are amazing in what this spice can prevent and treat. The active compound in this spice is “vanillin”.
Wondering what are the health benefits?
· Kills cancer cells
· Limit metastasis – the movement of cancer cells from their original site to the rest of the body
· Inhibits angiogenesis
· Antimutagenic effects
Sickle cell anemia
· Stop the sickling of red blood cells
Pure vanilla is worth the price. Don’t skip on the “little pod”.