The Vanilla Connection

Manu and his younger brother, Sacha, still remember when their mother first introduced them to vanilla’s magic. She told them how the rarest and most sought-after vanilla beans were grown in Tahiti. She also explained how vanilla was grown and cultivated. As she did, the boys were intrigued to learn how the vanilla bean began as an orchid bloom and how it had to be hand-pollinated on the day it opened. They were absolutely fascinated that the flower and the green beans were odorless—until the sun heated the beans.

They still both remember fondly their mother’s love for finding innovative ways to use vanilla to make what she baked and cooked incredibly delicious. Looking back, they are sure this is why they remain passionate about creating new innovative specialty vanilla products.