Not so vanilla | Sourcing the world's favourite flavour
Vanilla might be a synonym for plain and boring, but the story of how it’s sourced certainly isn’t. The world’s craving for vanilla is insatiable, requiring up to 3,000 tonnes a year, but the process of growing and preparing the sweet spice for use in products is long and arduous, taking around five years per crop. With such high demand, many are eager to cut corners, or worse, commit crime to get their hands on the valuable beans. Meet growers on the Ndali Estate to learn more about how vanilla makes it from seed to shops.