When it comes to vanilla beans we are often asked how to properly use vanilla beans. You may hear the term "split and scrape" quite frequently. This is referring to the steps you take to open the vanilla bean pod and use the seeds inside.
The definition of the word vanilla is "little pod" in Spanish.
The vanilla vine is an orchid which is indigenous to South Eastern Mexico. Dating back to Cortes' conquest of the Aztec Kingdom in 1519, it is one of the most ancient flavors.
The aroma of vanilla is known as calming, relaxing, and sensual, and used as an aphrodisiac in some cultures.