Learn more about the production, preparation, cultivation, and transformation process of vanilla during the pollination (July–August) and harvest (March–July) season. Take some delicious recipes as a gift and even find vanilla in some interesting jewellery pieces, in body lotion, and don't forget about liquors!
Vanilla is usually planted next to trees that function as the support for its vine. It takes about three years before that plant begins to produce bean pods. Locals do their best to make sure next year's harvest is successful by helping the flowers to pollinate. Flowers stay in bloom for just one day, so they have to work hard and manage the timing right.
Roughly nine months after pollination, the vanilla pods turn brownish red. They have to be handpicked before they are completely ripened. The start and the end of vanilla harvest are determined by a special committee to ensure the best quality beans. Usually, it happens between March and July.
Upon crop, the pods are dried in the sun during the day and put in sweatboxes at night.
One of the best places to learn about vanilla cultivation is the island of Taha’a which is considered the “Vanilla Island” and produces around 80% of this delicious spice in Polynesia. Don't miss your chance to try the best ice-cream, cakes, others desserts, and tropical cocktails with vanilla.
Besides vanilla farms, you can attend some themed events. Every June, Tahiti celebrates Vanilla Week (Semaine de la Vanille de Tahiti) in downtown Papeete which includes various tastings and workshops, an evening fashion show, musical concerts with authentic folk groups, and of course the world’s highest quality vanilla.