Vainilla Castañer | Madagascar Vanilla
Scientific Name: Vanilla planifolia
Common Names: Vainilla Castañer, Bourbon Vanilla, Madagascar Vanilla
Culinary Use: Vainilla Castañer, or Vanilla Castañer, is highly prized for its sweet, aromatic flavor, and is a key ingredient in many desserts, beverages, and savory dishes. It is commonly used to flavor ice cream, cakes, cookies, and custards, as well as beverages like coffee and hot chocolate.
Medicinal Use: Vanilla has historically been used in traditional medicine for its potential calming and relaxing effects. It is also believed to have antioxidant properties that may contribute to overall well-being.
Fun Fact: The name "Vanilla" is derived from the Spanish word "vainilla," which means "little pod." Vanilla is one of the most expensive spices in the world due to the labor-intensive process required to hand-pollinate the orchids and cure the vanilla beans. The term "Castañer" is sometimes used to refer to Bourbon Vanilla, which originally came from the Bourbon Islands in the Indian Ocean, such as Réunion.