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Vanilla is an orchid

Recently, I read an article on www.bbc.com saying only 1% of the vanilla drinks or food come from real vanilla.

The top 2 countries that supply vanilla are Madagascar and Indonesia.

One reason of vanilla supply limit is that it is an orchid and the plant depends on a few specific types of bees or hummingbirds to pollinate its flowers. And each flower blooms within one day.Vanilla Orchid Flower

Most of the vanilla products are made of synthetic vanilla.

Links:

  • Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanilla_(genus)
  • BBC.com: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/madagascar_vanillla
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