Wednesday, August 4, 2010


About Vanilla

Did you know that Vanilla Beans come from gorgeous orchid flowers? Growing Vanilla is truly labor intensive. Every orchid must be hand pollinated by farm workers who carefully transfer the pollen from the anther to the stigma of the flower. The Vanilla flower has a very short life span, and only blooms for less than a day. This means that the growers have to inspect their plantations daily for open flowers to pollinate.

6-9 months after pollination, the long green pods begin to turn yellow at their tips, which means that they are ready to be harvested. The Beans are picked and then cured for 3-6 months on drying racks in the sun and in special conditioning rooms. During this time, they develop the dark color, rich aroma, and delicious flavor that we all know and love. Aside from culinary use, we can also harness the intoxicating aroma of Vanilla for body care recipes. What could be better than adorning ourselves with the exquisite scent of orchids?

Vanilla Recipe

A delectable Vanilla infused oil which can be used for massages or as a moisturizing body oil.

- 2 organic Vanilla Beans
- 1 cup organic Jojoba Oil

Slice Vanilla Beans lengthwise and cut into small pieces. Place in a glass jar, cover with oil, cap, and shake well. Store in a sunny and warm windowsill for 1-2 months and shake daily. When the oil has reached the desired strength, strain the Vanilla Beans out using cheesecloth and pour the infused oil into a bottle. You can even make a more concentrated version of this oil to use as a natural perfume!



ChocolateOrchid said...

What??!! I had no idea that vanilla beans came from orchids. Learned something new today. Woo hoo!!

And yes. This is going on my list to try this fall. I've heard that the sun shines the strongest in October. Need to verify that info but that's what I'm basing my time frame on.

Love the vanilla scent.

Unknown said..., I love vanilla scent also. Wow, thanks so much for the info about the sun in october..I didn't know that either...great to know.

I will be right with you CO on making this oil...You know I am a infused oil crazy dont know if I can wait until october to give this number a

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

CallaLily said...

Great info. I thought about infusing honey with vanilla beans before but I think you have to warm the honey then store it in the refrigerator while it is infusing. I'd use in on toast or in plain yogurt.

Unknown said...

@Callalily...Thanks!...that sounds great!

Take care and thanks so much for stopping by.

Samina said...

Zainab this is awesome, I can't wait to try this Insha Allaah

Unknown said...

Enjoy, insha allaah!!!

Take care, thanks for stopping by.

Tiffany said...

i luv the scent of vanilla, luv it. luv the ice cream and cake too. a few years back the husband advised (after i cleaned up on a bath and body sale) that he did not in fact luv it. and so my luv affair with vanilla scented body products was ended. bummer right?

Unknown said... are so funny.

I like vanilla also! sorry, it didn't work out for you.... have to keep hubby happy.

Take care.