For us, quality and taste are extremely important. Each vanilla pod is hand-picked and selected with care to ensure the highest quality.
Gourmet vanilla grown by small farmers
For us, quality and taste are extremely important. Together with our partners, we work every day to ensure that we can offer our customers vanilla of the highest quality. Each vanilla pod is hand-picked and selected with care to ensure the highest quality. Our vanilla is dark brown with hints of amber and almost black shades. It has an exquisite aroma and fragrance with notes of plum. We always aim for a natural vanillin content of at least 2% in both our gourmet and premium vanilla.
The taste of vanilla
Vanillin is what gives vanilla pods their deep, round aroma and what makes our cake and ice cream explode with flavor. The vanillin is hidden in the shell of the unprocessed vanilla pod. Through the careful and time-consuming processing, the vanillin (flavor) is transported from the shell into the vanilla beans, which can be scraped out and used in the kitchen.
Thrives in the heat
The vanilla okideen thrives best in the heat. Vanilla is a bean-shaped fruit that grows on a special orchid. The orchid is fragile and needs support and shade from other trees, such as banana or nut trees. A positive benefit of vanilla production is therefore increased biodiversity, because the cultivation method makes it possible for the small farmers to grow several different crops and thus add extra sources of income. Vanilla orchids do best in a warm and humid climate. Therefore, countries such as Madagascar, Mexico, Tahiti, Tanzania and Uganda are optimal for vanilla production. We work in Uganda because it provides small farmers with an important source of income. And of course because some of the best vanilla in the world is grown in Uganda.