CAS Number: 8024-06-4 ; 84650-63-5
FEMA Number: 3105
EINECS Number: 283-521-8
Paras Code: PAO2028
Vanilla planifolia, also known as Vanilla fragrans, is the most widely grown variety and the most commonly used Vanilla in the world. It grows in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, the Seychelles, Madagascar and Uganda. Bourbon vanilla is a specific term applied to Vanilla planifolia plants growing in the Indian Ocean islands. Paras sources Vanilla planifolia mainly from Madagascar where a global and privileged sourcing partnership has been established. Uganda is another source.
Vanilla planifolia is one of the basic compounds in a perfumer's palette. Appreciated for its phenolic and sweet profile, perfumers love focusing on the artistic evocation as profound, sensual animalic and, at the same time, gourmet.
In the early 14th century in Mexico, the Totonac Indians considered Vanilla a scared herb and used it in ritual offerings and for medicine. In 1602, Vanilla began to be used as a flavoring and in 1812 the Dutch introduced Vanilla plants in Java, thus performing hand-pollination of flowers.