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CULINARY JOURNEYS, EPISODE 8: IN SEARCH OF VANILLA – AND LEMURS – IN MADAGASCAR

One of Madagascar’s Most Famous Flavors is More Versatile than You Might Think Its fragrance evokes cravings for rich, creamy, sweet indulgences, as the telltale black specs signify the diner is in for a real treat. Vanilla is perhaps the most widely beloved flavor in the world’s dessert specialties, though nearly two-thirds of the world’s supply of this luscious bean is produced in Madagascar and neighboring Indonesia. It grows throughout the lush jungles of the Indian Ocean coastline, with wild vanilla plants reaching great heights and the specially harvested crops found on shorter, flowering trees. The distinctive aroma that makes mouths water almost immediately is not actually present un

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