Orchids and Vanilla

Group of Orchid Flowers

Purple-Speckled Phalaenopsis Orchid

White and Yellow with Purple Spots Phalaenopsis Orchid

White, Pink, and Yellow Dendrobium Orchid

Unique Purple and White Dendrobium Orchid

Purchased Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Bowl of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Did you know that vanilla flavor comes from an orchid?  Each bean pod of Vanilla planifolia contains thousands of tiny black seeds – these are the black specs in vanilla bean ice cream!  Pure vanilla extract in your spice cabinet comes from vanilla beans mixed with water and alcohol.  In nature, Vanilla planifolia flowers can only be pollinated by hummingbirds and special bees.  For commercial production, the orchids must be pollinated by hand.  Orchids get more interesting all the time!  Now who is hungry?  Read more at:  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/vanilla-comes-from_n_5021060

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

7 Responses to Orchids and Vanilla

  1. Ingrid says:

    Interesting info and lovely pics … but that was mean posting that last image 🤣 Now someone has to go to the grocery store!

  2. thepickynose says:

    Wow, this is eye-opening!
    Speaking of vanilla and nature, check out my recent review of Pacifica’s Island vanilla (vegan and cruelty-free) at fragrances.home.blog
    Let me know what you think in the comments section!
    Great job Pam!

  3. These orchid photos are exquisite, Pam. What an amazing thought the vanilla comes from an orchid.… Hmmm, I think maybe that sounds like something I once heard on a tour at a botanic garden.

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