Vanilla is one of the most widely used flavoring substances on the planet. It’s popular because of its pleasant flavor and peaceful scent. Vanilla is made from the mature pods of various orchids, most notably the Vanilla planifolia. Madagascar currently produces over 75% of the world’s vanilla. China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico are among the countries that manufacture it. Food, fragrances, and pharmaceutical items employ vanilla extract and vanilla beans.
Along with saffron and cardamom, it’s one of the world’s most costly spices.