Daphna Havkin-Frenkel, 2009
Vanilla flavour is extracted from the cured bean of Vanilla planifolia Andrew, a member of the orchid family, which originated in Mexico. Another species, Vanilla tahitensis Moore, grown exclusively in Tahiti and Papua New Guinea is also a source of vanilla flavour. Beans (pod-like fruit) are produced after 4-5 years of cultivation. Fruit maturation occurs 8-10 months after pollination.