We have to wait the ripening process get finish for about 8-9 months.
It's a very long period...
During the ripening process, this plant needs a favorable weather to get a high quality vanilla's beans.
On the harvesting season, the vanilla estate or garden will full of sweet fragrance of vanilla.
This was the last condition of vanilla garden on Seedling Division.
I took some pictures there on July 21, and of course looked for some ripe fruits for air freshener in my living room.
The garden is full of vanilla scent.
Look the yellowish or black beans on the vine...We are getting the ripe beans!
The smell is so sweet....
The over ripening vanilla' bean is usually cracked on its end, and the fragrance is so strong spread all over the garden.
The best time to pick the bean is when the bean get yellowish, before it's cracked.
The fresh beans are collected and then will blanched on the boiled water just for a moment about 10-20 seconds.
After that, the blanched beans are drained over the absorbent cloth.
The blanched process is usually done on the afternoon.
If the bean have already getting dry, the bean will be fermented overnight on the absorbent cloth or the wooden fermentation box.
We put the beans on the absorbent cloth then covered it with the absorbent cloth too.
This early fermentation process is called 'sweating'.
The fermentation process is done to increase levels of vanillin on the 'bean'.
So... the aroma will much better.
So the cloth will be opened and then we move the 'beans' onto drying tray to be sun dried.
Then we put the vanilla 'beans' to the fermentation box or cloth again in the night for previous fermentation.
The drying process is about 4-7 days.
The drying process is also carried fruit selection process.
It should not be exposed to direct sunlight, so the vanillin quality will be maintained either.
The drying process will be finished if the water content is about 25%.
Actually there are a lot of way in processing vanilla fruits, the process above is the simplest way.
If we do more complicated process, so we will get the better quality of 'bean' which contains high level of vanillin.
Ok readers, now we've gained the dry 'bean', that ready to be selected and then sold.
Next, we will talk about the use and benefit of vanilla.
See you tomorrow... and have an aromatic week...