Organic Madagascan Vanilla Powder
A world without vanilla is like a world without music, without sound. Cakes and cookies would be bland. Chocolates wouldn't be as richly-flavoured. Perfumes wouldn't be as sweet-smelling. It's the secret ingredient that makes so many products acquire that “little something”.
What is it?
Few people know where vanilla comes from, other than those small dark bottles in supermarkets.
Vanilla comes from a herbaceous vine that belongs to the orchid family. It is the only orchid used for industrial food production.
The vanilla plant, which can grow up to 30 feet long, bears trumpet-shaped flowers that turn into pods. These pods, which are often referred to as beans, have a pleasant fragrance. The vanilla bean has its roots in Mesoamerica and it was the Mayans who first utilised it to flavour chocolate drinks. This delicious bean started spreading to tropical regions, thanks to the European explorers who brought it there.
By the mid-19th century, Mexico had become the main producer of vanilla, but then the French discovered a way to pollinate vanilla flowers by hand. This led to bigger vanilla plantations, now known as Ile de Bourbon, which eventually led to Bourbon vanilla.
Today, there are three major cultivars of vanilla beans: Bourbon vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, and Mexican vanilla. Bourbon vanilla is produced on Bourbon Island in Madagascar, which is the top producer of vanilla today. It has a smooth, strong, full and assertive flavour.
Tahitian vanilla has a more subtle flavour with a floral hint. Mexican vanilla (real pure Mexican vanilla, not the synthetic kind) has a sweet yet spicy aroma.
Beyond the sweet scent and subtly powerful flavour of vanilla is something more substantial that a lot of people don’t know about. Vanilla has a great nutritional profile and a long list of health benefits to boot.
It contains lots of antioxidants. Vanilla beans contain vanillin and vanillic acid. These are antioxidants that protect the body from toxins and free radical damage. The antioxidant properties of vanilla are especially high—approximately 90%—if the vanilla is unprocessed and concentrated.
It has anti-inflammatory properties. Did you know that when you're stressed, your body releases cytokines that cause inflammation and decrease your brain function? Luckily, vanilla contains vanilloids, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce inflammation and fight brain fog.
It contains important minerals. Vanilla beans contain calcium, manganese, zinc, iron, and potassium, which play an important role in controlling our blood pressure and heart rate.
It contains Vitamin B-complex. Vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin and pantothenic acid can also be found in vanilla. This group of B-vitamins helps in the function of the nervous system and the body’s metabolism.
Other health benefits of vanilla include reducing stomach and joint pains, aiding in the cure of male impotency, and relieving morning sickness in pregnant women.
Vanilla can be bought in many forms, one of which is a powder. There is no shortage of vanilla powder on the market today - in fact, it's likely that you'll find it in most supermarkets. The question is, where can you find a high-quality vanilla powder?
Some vanilla powder manufacturers use artificial vanillin obtained from a paper pulp by-product called lignin instead of using real vanilla beans. Some contain castoreum, which comes from the castor sacs of mature beavers. On labels, they only refer to it as a food additive or natural flavouring. It is estimated that 95% of vanilla products are artificially flavoured with lignin and castoreum.
Enjoy it in baked goods, an assortment of drinks and desserts, or in any recipe that requires pure vanilla.
Impact Foods can provide a consistent supply of organic Madagascan vanilla powder in bulk, private label, and white label. We can also deliver to any place in the UK and all throughout Europe.