Vanilla Bean

Vanilla has a rich history as a food flavoring and fragrance. Westerners were first introduced to the vanilla bean by the Aztec emperor Montezuma II, who prepared a vanilla-flavored chocolate drink for Hernando Cortez in the early 1500s. For years, only the nobility were wealthy enough to drink the rare beverage, but eventually it was introduced to the general public and quickly gained popularity.  One of the most expensive spices in the world, vanilla is only grown in four areas of the world. Madagascar is by far the most prominent producer, with Indonesia as a close second. Together..

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