Creamy vanilla accented by golden roasted almonds, slightly sweet from dates & figs.
Vanilla Nut was the first Teeccino flavor I ever created. I wanted to
feature vanilla beans from Mexico where I was working to preserve rain forests with rural villages. My expertise is to source ingredients
that can be sustainably harvested and the goal of rain forest
preservation is to produce economic value for the standing trees and
income for the people who live there.
Vanilla, the only orchid used in food, has become a favorite the
world over due to its unparalleled fragrance and complex heady flavor.
Vanilla is indigenous to Central America where it was discovered by the
native people centuries before the Spanish arrived. The Aztec Emperor
Montezuma was said to be drinking an elixir for longevity made from
cacao 9the bean that gives us chocolate), vanilla and honey when the
conquistadors were ushered in for an audience.
Now this may seem like trivia, but do you know that each vanilla bean
has to be handled hundreds of times during its 6 month curing process?
They are heated in the sun and then wrapped up at night to sweat!
Doesn’t that bring home the wonder of nature and the cleverness of
humans? It is no surprise to me that Vanilla Nut has always been our
best selling Mediterranean flavor. Drink it knowing that you are helping
indigenous communities find sustainable livelihoods that preserve rain forests.