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Vanilla harvest

Listed under Harvests & Food Festivals in Madagascar.

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Madagascar's region known as SAVA is actually a triangle of the island's four important vanilla-producing cities - Sambava, Antalaha, Vohémar, and Andapa - and accounts for 60 percent of world-wide vanilla production. Visitors can find all four cities along the "route de la vanilla," a road completed in 2005 connecting each of them. Madagascar's vanilla beans are called Bourbon beans, and they refer to the French colonists who started vanilla production on the Isle of Bourbon, now the Isle of Réunion. These rich beans are the thinnest of the vanilla beans and are known for their smooth, sweet almond flavour. Save some room in your luggage if you plan on visiting, though, because tourists are allowed to prolong their taste of the region's vanilla by carrying home two kilos.

 

Written by  Allison Hansen.

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