Grade A vs Grade B – What’s The Difference?

  Let’s start by stating that there’s not one vanilla but multiple “vanillas” out there. While Madagascar is the World Champion of vanilla, producing over 80% of the global supply each year, other countries like Mexico, Uganda, Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia are also producers with their own kind of vanilla and curing processes. Today, Read more about Grade A vs Grade B – What’s The Difference?[…]

What Is Quick Curing? Know Thy Enemy!

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles” – Sun Tzu   In vanilla preparation, the enemy is quick curing. Madanilla supports traditional methods and we only work with growers and producers who don’t quick cure. We don’t fear the hundreds of battles against inferior Read more about What Is Quick Curing? Know Thy Enemy![…]

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Real Vanilla vs Synthetic: 107 Compounds To 1

  Science can be great. Just ask Jesse Pinkman – Yeah science, b!tch! Science has driven us further than we’ve ever been, through innovation in physics, health, robotics, ICT…and, well…. Chemistry. Ah, chemistry. It brought us Breaking Bad but it also brought the possible harbinger of natural vanilla death – synthesised vanillin. Being too popular comes Read more about Real Vanilla vs Synthetic: 107 Compounds To 1[…]

A Look Inside Madanilla Vanilla Cultivation

In a previous post, I tried to explain Why Vanilla Is So Expensive where I drilled down into the issue of low supply vs the growing demand causing the Black Gold Of Madagascar to be the reason for robbery and crime in the vanilla crops. What is Madanilla doing to mitigate the crisis? We are planting Read more about A Look Inside Madanilla Vanilla Cultivation[…]

Why Is Vanilla So Expensive?

Yes, vanilla is expensive. It is the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron with some reported export prices reaching US$800 per kilo in 2017. The reason why I’m writing this post is because this is – understandably – one the most frequent questions I get asked by vanilla bean aficionados. I’m hoping Read more about Why Is Vanilla So Expensive?[…]