Friday, 13 May 2011

Number 19 - Vanilla

Taken from the genus Vanilla, an Orchid subgenus.


Vanilla pods are very popular in cooking. They hold a sweet smell. In old wives tales, they were said to be good for sexual drive and a remedy for fevers. Although these methods have never been proven, the extract can increase levels of adrenaline being released into the body.

97% of all vanilla used is imitation vanilla due to the expense of real vanilla. This chemical will not give the exact same health effects or the same scent. It is claimed to not taste as nice, either.

Vanilla is popular in ice cream. It is also popular in deserts, perfumes and in aromatherapy.

Vanilla pod & flower.

8 comments:

  1. might I just add that orchid is latin for testicle. so vanilla literally belongs to the testicle subgenus.

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  2. bet you didnt know that :P. anyway, i lvoe vanilla, I just wish my family and firends would stop buying imitation vanilla and using it, it makes me embarassed to call them friends. i mean honestly who uses imitation vanilla? really? its just not the same

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  3. Oh. Hahaha gross, I didn't know that, thanks.

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  4. This blog is something very special!! Never seen a blog like this.. awesome stuff. seriously.

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  5. I love the smell of real vanilla.

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  6. HAha imitation vanilla sucks!

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  7. Gotta love vanilla sauce with blueberry pie. Nothing beats it, sadly I dont eat such fattie foods anymore. :( But one can dream.

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