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.