Hand-Pollinated & Aged to Perfection!
Smithsonian Magazine reports that "Today, less than 1 percent of vanilla flavoring comes from the vanilla flower.
The reasons for this aren't really complicated, considering Vanilla is said to be one of the most popular, labor-intensive and expensive spices in the world."
What started as an experiment has grown into a labor of love for farmer Tom Sharkey, who hand-pollinates over 7,000 vanilla flowers a year!
Did you Know?
Every single vanilla orchid flower must be pollinated by hand on the day the flower opens?
That's because there are no natural pollinators in the world except for one bee species in Mexico; making vanilla the second-most labor intensive (and therefore expensive) spice, next to saffron.
A LABOR OF LOVE
AND A LOT OF TIME
Each successfully-pollinated flower creates a single bean, which then ripens on the vine for several months. The freshly-harvested green beans go through a process of dunking, sweating, drying and curing that takes another several months for the vanillan flavonoids to develop and the beans reach their supple, shiny appearance and texture.
So Worth the Wait!
The end result is Vanilla in its purest form, grown on producing Cacao Trees in a Tropical Rainforest Setting.
Shark's Hawaiian Vanilla
Hawaiian Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Sugar in the Raw
Grown on the Big Island's abundant Hamakua Coast, clove flower buds are harvested in their immature state and air-dried and cured until they transform into the dark, aromatic spice we use to flavor sauces, soups and desserts with. Cloves are well known as a warm, pungent spice.
Essential oil of clove is used in aromatherapy for stress relief as well as in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines as a warming and stimulating substance. Whole cloves and clove oil can be used as a homeopathic remedy for toothaches, as insect repellant and many other practical applications.