Vanilla Powder

May 09, 2017

Much of the words vanilla powder is originated from the Bourbon Islands just off the coast of Madagascar. A member of the orchid family, the vanilla flower is the only one of 350 species of orchids to produce an edible product. The first harvest of the vine does not occur for at least 3 years, giving a maximum harvest after about 8 years (making vanilla is the most labour intensive agricultural product in the world!). When the flower on the vine blossoms, it must be hand-pollinated during the one or two days in which it blooms. It takes 4-9 months for the vanilla pods to mature and they are picked just as their colour changes from green to yellow.

In Madagascar, the beans are hung in curing sheds to lose some initial moisture, they then spend 2-3 months spread in the sunshine during the day and packed into cooling boxes at night. This maintains just the right amount of enzymatic reaction to produce the desired colour and flavour.

As well as tasting delicious there are many health benefits derived from natural vanilla powder

Good source of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Natural vanilla extract contains numerous antioxidants, including vanillic acid and vanillin which helps to promote inflammation and protect your body from the damage of harmful components, such as free radicals and toxins.

Array of essential vitamins and minerals including the B-complex, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Virtually all vanilla beans are grown organically in third world countries as farmers quite simply cannot afford pesticides or fertilisers - giving consumers assurance to the quality of the bean. Due to the labour intensive nature of production the cost of organic vanilla powder is far from cheap however we feel it is worth it. When blended with our natural WPC and WPI whey protein the result is one of the cleanest, purest and most delicious sources of whey protein available.




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