Mother Earth Living


The Tale of the Ice Cream Orchid

There is no substitute for natural vanilla, the world’s most exotic and sensual plant.



Illustration by Marjorie Leggitt
Under the right conditions, an established vanilla vine is capable of long life in the wild, perhaps a thousand years.
Photo courtesy of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla
Of all the orchids, the vanilla family is the only one that produces an agriculturally valuable crop.
Nielsen-Massey Vanilla
More than half of all the world’s vanilla beans end up in the United States. Half of those are used in the dairy industry, mainly in the form of vanilla extract, or essence.
Photo courtesy of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla

















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