Vanilla bourbon planifolia, also known as Madagascar vanilla has the highest rate of vanillin, which makes it the most fragrant vanilla of all. The unique bourbon vanilla pods are usually very dark or black, soft and with a shiny and greasy appearance which defines its superior quality.
Discovered in Mexico where the Aztecs used it to flavor their chocolate drinks, vanilla is a flavoring derived from orchids. The name comes from the Spanish word Vaina which means little pod. At the end of the 19th century, the Indian Ocean became the empire of “Bourbon Vanilla”, so called in honor of the island of Reunion (French island near Madagascar).