I thought we could do with a warming candle this month so i changed it to Vanilla. I wanted to share some interesting facts on the scent with you. Its a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it. If you get the wrong sort it can really catch the back of your throat and funnily enough that can put people off.
As early as the 1520’s Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes introduced Vanilla and chocolate to Europe. Initial attempts to cultivate it overseas were unsuccessful because of the bee needed to polinate it Later a 12 year old slave living on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean discovered it could be hand-pollinated which led to global cultivation
Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after Saffron.
The word Vanilla entered the English language in 1754 when Botanist Philip Miller wrote about it in his Gardeners Dictionary.