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Vanilla, an all-purpose spice


Vanilla is a spice that many of us ate at least once in their lifetime. In desserts is an essential ingredient to enhance the taste and aroma but perhaps few people know that vanilla can also be used for many other purposes.

Vanilla is a spice that many of us ate at least once in their lifetime. In desserts is an essential ingredient to enhance the taste and aroma but perhaps few people know that vanilla can also be used for many other purposes.

In fact, if for example you are suffering from insomnia, vanilla can help you feel better if mixed in a glass of warm milk before sleep. It is also very rich in antioxidants, highly useful to counteract free radicals, responsible of our cellular aging.
How to recognize a fresh vanilla bean, perfect to use? The method is simple: you should be able to twist a bean without cracking it, around a pencil. The quality of the world’s most famous vanilla is the “bourbon” variety that is growing in both the Comoros islands and Madagascar, although the “authorship” of discovery remains by Mexico, where this plant was originally discovered. The cultivation of this spice is very complicated and very long: to get a vanilla bean from its birth to our tables takes roughly 10 months from the moment of pollination at the time of collection. The flower from which was born the fruit (vanilla bean) is a special type of Orchid that is fertile for only one day in its life. For these reasons the price of vanilla beans is quite high and for this reason was then created the “vanillina”, a chemical product that resumes in itself vanilla smell and taste, although the difference it’s still very substancial between the two.
Vanilla is not only used in food industry, where even very famous brands adopted it to flavor their fizzy soft drinks, but also in cosmetic industry, adding it in shower gel, body creams and perfumes.
Today I’m going to offer you the recipe for a vanilla and ricotta cake that is very good and very simple to do that will allow you to enjoy the full taste of this amazing product.

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