Although vanilla has long been a favourite aroma and flavour, it is often referred to as plain or ordinary. There is, however something magical about vanilla which makes it anything but boring.
Vanilla is the only fruit-bearing member of the orchid family and one of the most labour intensive agricultural crops in the world. It is hard to grow with vanilla vines taking three years to fully mature.
Grown in the Kingdom of Tonga, Heilala’s vanilla beans have been awarded the richest grade in the Asia Pacific region. Their vanilla orchids are grown in virgin soil, where they are pollinated by hand and sustainably harvested before the traditional curing and drying process takes place under the tropical sun.
Vanilla is a complex ingredient with the ability to lift, elevate and add flavour to a dish. The role of vanilla in sweet baked goods is like the role of salt on the savoury side: it enhances all the other flavours in the recipe and adds a depth of taste that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.
Ideal for everyday baking, such as cookies and cupcakes, or any time vanilla is a complementary flavour.
Great for adding flavour and vanilla bean specks to ice cream, whipped cream and light coloured desserts when vanilla is the star of a recipe.