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SPECIES OF VANILLA

Vanilla Planifolia - this is the most frequently grown species. Most of the vanilla grown in India is Vanilla Planifolia. When cured correctly the beans produce vanilla with a bourbon flavour, after the French island. Bourbon vanilla is widely used by restaurants and chefs.

John with large Vanilla Planifolia vine

John with large vanilla planifolia vine

Vanilla Tahitiensis is principally grown in Tahiti, but also in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has narrower leaves than Planifolia. The cured vanilla pods have a very distinctive perfume like vanilla flavour. They're used mainly in perfume, and to a lesser extent by chefs.

vanilla tahitiensis plant
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