If we think of flavours or smells that remind us of moments in our lives, of summertime and our childhood, there is one that most certainly comes to mind for most of us: vanilla. With a smell and taste recognised by all, vanilla is a popular ingredient in baking and its aroma is often used in perfumes, creams, air fresheners and candles to freshen up the home with a sweet, relaxing and light scent.
Today, every corner of the world loves its flavour and aroma. But the historic origins of vanilla date back to Mexico, specifically in the Totonacapan region, which due to its climatic conditions and the type of soil, is ideal for growing vanilla. At first, they began to use it to flavour their recipes, for medicinal purposes and even as an offering.
Growing it requires a lot of patience, as the flowers of vanilla orchids only bloom every 2-3 years, and the yellowish-green flowers open for only a few hours. This is why, after saffron, it is the most valuable, expensive and sought-after plant in the world because of its delicate care and harvesting. After the ripe pods are harvested, they are heated to prevent them from blossoming. They are then dried in the sun, which causes the vanilla pods to become dark, thin and leathery, but incredibly fragrant with thousands of almost microscopic black seeds. The most valuable ones have a light coating of tiny vanillin crystals that intensify the flavour and aroma.
As well as its excellent properties as a sweetener, it also has therapeutic benefits, which means it has been used in medicine as a home remedy for thousands of years:
- It stimulates the nervous system, relieving stress and anxiety
- It can act as a muscle relaxant, relieving inflammatory pain
- It strengthens the immune system:vanilla boosts the body’s defences and protects the immune system.
- Antiseptic properties:vanilla has antiseptic and analgesic properties that help relieve pain and prevent infections.
Still not convinced? What if we told you that as well as enjoying the unmistakable taste of vanilla and its properties, you could enjoy it as a refreshment and be transported to the most exotic places? Our Vanilla Mix shake gives you all that, and more.
You’ll first be won over by its aroma, but as soon as you taste it, you’ll absolutely love its flavour. The best part is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the day: for breakfast, with a savoury snack for a delicious contrast, as a dessert after a nice meal or as an afternoon snack. No wonder that, for many, the best moment is after a long day, topping it off with pleasure in every sip.
Summer or winter, morning or evening, beach or mountain, no matter what you choose, Vanilla Mix is perfect for any situation and is loved by everyone. If you try it, you will never forget it!