Vanilla comes from an orchid. The flower is white.
Also, natural vanilla doesn't color foods. The contrast of the black bean specks on white food (think natural vanilla bean ice cream) shows the quality. Fake vanilla flavoring or real vanilla extract doesn't give the specks. Only whole bean vanilla does. Vanilla is hand harvested and thus very expensive. That bean speck contrast is a clue about the culinary quality. Chefs and brands want to keep that black-white thing going to reflect the superiority of their ice cream.
at 10:43 PM on Oct. 12, 2009