When preparing cakes, pastries, and confections, its warm smell pervades the kitchen, making it the ultimate pantry item.
According to NPR, the modest bean pod has been valued at up to $600 per kilogram because to rising demand, natural calamities, and a temperamental.
While the sticker-shock pricing on bottles of vanilla extract are alarming, there is another figure you should be concerned about: the alcohol percentage.
Most of our vanilla originates from Madagascar, where the bean pods of vanilla planifolia orchids are hand-pollinated.
Collected, and cured to concentrate flavors before being used to manufacture extract, according to America's Test Kitchen.
Vanilla extract is a coffee-colored tincture made by macerating vanilla pods in ethanol.