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Vanilla is sourced from a Mexican species of orchid, Vanilla planifolia. Each orchid must be hand-pollinated, a labor-intensive task. As such, Vanilla is the second most expensive spice by weight, after Saffron. Vanilla has historically been considered an aromatic stimulant that provides support for the nervous system.* It also was used traditionally as an aphrodisiac, but today Vanilla is primarily used for its aroma and flavor.*

What is Vanilla Used For?

The main component of vanilla is vanillin, which provides it primary flavor and aroma.

Traditional Health Benefits of Vanilla

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