Scalding of green Vanilla
Steaming Vanilla after scalding
Natural drying in the open air under the trade winds of the Indian Ocean and under the tropical sun
The ripening in six stages will allow us to transform the green pods into Vanilla LAVANY refined according to four categories:
GOURMET black, brown or TK, red and cut.
These Vanillas are also marketed under the name Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar.
- scalding within 48 hours of harvesting, the green spice is immersed once in hot water at a controlled temperature for a few moments. This operation stops the plant life of the pod.
- steaming after draining, the pods wrapped in blankets called " gony" are placed in a wood oven. For about 48 hours, the vanilla cooled to room temperature. The pod begins to take on its characteristic chocolate brown color.
- drying in the open air - the spreading pods dry naturally in the sun and in the trade winds of the Indian Ocean. To avoid any fermentation, they are regularly and frequently ventilated by hand. The pods take on an increasingly brown color as they dissect, sometimes covering themselves with a shiny frost.
A large skilled workforce is necessary to properly carry out this long operation, because the drying is spread over several weeks and is totally dependent on sunlight. At night, the Vanilla is stored away from humidity.
During this completely traditional, non-mechanized process, the harvest is reduced by 75%, and as we practice it the natural dehydration of Vanilla LAVANY is the essential and most delicate step in the whole pod processing. This is the one and only guarantee of its olfactory, aromatic and taste qualities as well as its ability to keep for several years.
- made to measure - we are able to prepare the Vanilla according to the particular requirements of Professionals: humidity, length, concentration.
Our ancestral Vanilla know-how guarantees the constant quality of our pods throughout the year. We master the four trades of the Vanilla sector: Planter, Refiner, Exporter and Distributor.
- putting in a wooden trunk - the pods are stored for several months in baking paper. As the fragrance appears late, it becomes more refined during this period. The trunks continue to lose water. They are checked weekly, and moldy pods are removed.
- sizing - soft to the point, the aroma perfectly developed, the pods of Vanilla LAVANY are sorted, measured, calibrated according to their quality. They are tied in the middle in bunches of the same length with a single strand of rafia.
- packaging - after a final quality control, the boots thus perfectly formed are traditionally wrapped in parchment paper, stored in cardboard boxes, for storage and transport.
- Analyzes - for each harvest, before placing on the market, we control various parameters through analyzes in approved laboratories: determination of the level of Vanillin and control of microbiology.
The complete cycle of production of the Vanilla LAVANY from manual pollination of the flower to shipment by air is a minimum of fifteen months.
Wooden trunks for storing Vanillas
Measurement of Vanilla pods
All the facilities managed by the RANJA Family in Madagascar and by Vanille LAVANY in France are certified for three years AB - Organic Farming by