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21st Aug 2014  Tahaa Vanilla
Tahaa is also known as the Vanilla Island. Most of the vanilla produced in French Polynesia grows here. So we took a tour and learned all about it. Each flower must be hand pollinized because the bees and other insects that would do it naturally do not exist here! After pollination, it takes 9 months for the vanilla bean to grow. And then 4 more months to dry it. No wonder natural vanilla is so expensive! ¾ of the worlds vanilla comes from French Polynesia!
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