Pure vanilla is made from the cured bean pod of the Vanilla Planifolia orchid. This is the only orchid in the world that vines and the only one that produces edible fruit.
Vanilla Orchids are grown in tropical climates like Mexico, Florida, Tahiti, the Bahamas, Madagascar, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Most of the world's vanilla is grown in Madagascar.
Vanilla is used in many food and drink recipes, and especially in the dairy industry for ice creams and other dairy products. There are many different flavors of ice cream, but vanilla is still the best selling.
Vanilla is also used in perfumes, room fresheners and candles, and to cover up strong industrial smells like paint and cleaning products.