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October 29, 2020

Science > Vanilla

Vanilla

Common Name

Vanilla

Scientific Name

Vanilla planifolia

History

Vanilla plant is native to south and center of American continent and Caribbean area. At the first time vanilla was used by Eastern coast of Mexico Totonacs (a group of Mexican Indians). Aztecs (Indian civilization Mexico) after overcoming Totonacs knew vanilla plant in 15 AD. Aztecs used a mixture of vanilla and chocolate as drinking. After the defeat of Aztecs by Spanish, vanilla and cocoa bean were imported to west Europe by Hernan Cortes. Natives of that area used vanilla as medicine and perfume for diseases treatment and their ritual, before Christopher Columbus arrived to America.



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