Where Does Vanilla Come From?

Vanilla flavoring comes from which type of plant?


Vanilla comes from the pod of a specific type of orchid. It's the second-most expensive spice after saffron, because growing the vanilla seed pods is labor-intensive. Although native to Mexico, vanilla is now grown in tropical locations around the world, with Indonesia and Madagascar as the world's largest producers.


Listen and learn more about today's topic with Murray and Tamika.

Question of the Day: Where Does Vanilla Come From?
We were surprised to learn which plant vanilla flavoring comes from! In this Flashcast, Murray and Tamika explain the origins of vanilla, why it's expensive, and which ingredient Murray doesn't like in his apple pie.

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