Maui Island Vanillery
to Grow Vanilla Beans
A healthy plant may produce 300 flowers in one season. Vanilla flowers last only one day and must be pollinated by hand as the plant's natural pollinators (bees of the genus Melapona) are not present in Hawaii. Luluk Rich is the expert pollinator. She uses a thin bamboo skewer to delicately transfer the pollen ball from the flower's stamin to ovary. The window of time for this delicate proceedure is between sunrise, when the flower starts to open, until about 1 pm, when it starts to close.
Fruits soon appear, but take six to nine months to ripen. However, harvesting the vanilla bean is not the end of the process. To create the aromatic chemical vanillin, the beans must be cured and fermented. This requires from six weeks to two months.
After curing, each bean is scraped and scored by hand to bring out the maximum infusion of flavor. The richly scented vanilla beans are finally ready to be incorporated into our hand-packaged products.
As you have seen, vanilla bean production is seriously labor intensive making Vanilla the second most expensive spice in the world... Saffron is first.
It's good therapy for us, says Mike, You come outside, pollinate a few plants and you feel really great.
MAUI ISLAND VANILLA BEANS are grown on Maui, Hawaii.
Maui Island Vanilla Sugar is a unique blend of Maui plantation white raw sugar and MAUI VANILLA BEANS. The Maui vanilla beans are split and the vanilla seeds are mixed with the raw sugar, then allowed to age for several weeks, resulting in a rich sweet vanilla flavor and aroma. The seeds are then removed and the sugar hand-packaged with split vanilla beans to heighten its flavor.
You can add your Maui Island Vanilla Sugar to coffee or tea and also bring extra flavor to baked goods and other desserts. Sprinkle it on fresh fruit, cereal, oatmeal, waffles and french toast.
Maui Island Vanilla Honey combines our aromatic vanilla beans with honey produced only on Maui. This tasty blend of Tropical Blossom and Christmas Berry honey is created by a family-run apiary in Wailuku and is unique in its flavor. We add a split Maui Island Vanilla Bean to each jar to heighten this flavor and aroma.
Use Maui Island Vanilla Honey in coffee or tea and to add new flavor everywhere you now use plain honey.
Maui Island Vanilla 1294 Haiku Road Haiku, Maui HI 96708 808 575-7832