That is the premise of "How Cloning Vanilla Could Cut its Price", my latest Environmental Graffiti article.

The expensive but very popular spice, Vanilla, is an orchid that needs help to reproduce in the countries that produce the most vanilla beans. A research project in Malaysia seeks a way to increase the vanilla orchid population by improving one of these techniques.

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Image of "Vanilla planifolia Blossoms" by Michael Doss












My original thought was to highlight the "second rank" status of vanilla as a spice: it is second in popularity and second in price. Read the article to learn which spices beat out vanilla in those categories.

Some of the "bookmark" sites I use do not have a category like "agriculture" or "botany" or even "unusual facts". For those sites, I recommend this article to travelers who might take a side trip in a tropical country to see the vanilla orchid under cultivation.


 


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