Where does it come from?
Most of us are probably familiar with vanilla in the form of ice cream or extract, but if you’ve ever spent all your money on actual vanilla pods, the look of this plant might not totally surprise you. Vanilla is actually an orchid vine.
The most popular cultivars are Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar, Mexican vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, and West Indian vanilla.
In order to make the seed pods suitable for consumption, you must harvest, cure, kill off the living tissues, sweat, dry, condition, and grade the pod.
Sure, cinnamon sticks look like twigs, but did you know we actually harvest cinnamon from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum or cassia trees?
Nope, those aren’t grapes! Kiwifruit are actually berries that grow on woody vines. China is the largest producer of the fruit followed by Italy, New Zealand, and Chile. Kiwi is actually the national fruit of China, though it wasn’t the largest producer of it until recent years.