Vanilla planifolia

Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla Orchid)

Vanillinae | Culinary

 

Native To:

Mexico and Central America

Plant Status:

Secure

Plant Habit:

Grows upwards in vine form,
white flowers

Plant Habitat:

Tropical areas

Cultural Uses

Vanilla is one of the most popular tastes in the world, used to flavor foods from ice cream to alcohol. Many of the indigenous people of Central America regarded vanilla as sacred and godly.

Interesting Fact

The scent of vanilla can be used to repel spiders.

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