Did you know vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron? Ritual Vanilla 70% uses whole vanilla beans from Madagascar, where they regularly sell for $200-$400 a pound, depending on the year.
Real vanilla is expensive because it’s extraordinarily difficult to produce. For one thing, it flowers for just 24 hours, and if it’s not pollinated in that time, the flowers just call it quits and die (so much for patience is a virtue, huh?).Read More