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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!