The Epic, Sensational, Anything-But-Plain Story of Vanilla

Published On 09/18/2017 Published On 09/18/2017
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"In Totonac lore, vanilla orchids sprouted from the blood of a runaway deity and her forbidden mortal lover, both of whom were captured and slain by the princess’s father."
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"Edmond Albius, a 12-year-old slave, discovered that vanilla plants could be pollinated by hand or a blade of grass. His techniques are still in use today."
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