Vanilla planifolia- Flat-leaved Vanilla?

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J.M. Garg

Nov 1, 2009, 1:22:43 AM11/1/09
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In a Spice Garden in Ponda area of Goa on 30/9/09. I found it interesting to know that Vanila is extracted from an Orchid.

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Satish Phadke

Nov 1, 2009, 6:28:10 AM11/1/09
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Nice set of plants Garg ji ........spices and other plants around Goa including ground orchid esp( I liked Habenaria marginata)
Attaching my picture of Vanilla orchid flower.
Taken from Greenhouse of a Gardening centre near Lonawala.
Satish Phadke

2009/11/1 J.M. Garg <>
Vanilla flower.jpg

Yazdy Palia

Nov 2, 2009, 12:08:36 PM11/2/09
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Dear Garg ji,
Natural Vanilla is indeed extracted from this orchid. However most of
the vanilla essence we get in the market is synthetic and is made form
wood waste or coaltar.
Yazdy Palia.

Yazdy Palia

Nov 2, 2009, 12:11:36 PM11/2/09
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One more point I forgot. Unless you lower the climber and coil it, it
does not flower and unless you pollinate each flower in India, you do
not get the vanilla beans.
Yazdy Palia.

On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 10:52 AM, J.M. Garg <> wrote:

J.M. Garg

Nov 2, 2009, 12:15:28 PM11/2/09
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Thanks a lot, Yazdi.

2009/11/2 Yazdy Palia <>

Mahendra Prasad

Nov 4, 2009, 2:40:16 AM11/4/09
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Thanks Yazdi, for the important tip on Vanilla Orchid growing.
Most recipes containing Vanilla, mention ' Vanilla pod ' as an ingredient, although not expressly as " Vanilla Orchid pod ".  
I believe Vanilla Orchid is grown on a big scale in Kerala, the moist climate being suitable.
One slight correction. Vanilla pods are not beans, as commonly referred. Like all Orchid seeds there are 1,000s of seed in a single pod.

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