This collection is of exceptional quality, and to our great joy, it is part of the selection recommended by Chef Philippe Mollé.
Mexican vanillas are the only ones in the world that do not need to be pollinated manually. A species of bee, the melipone, as well as a single species of hummingbird endemic to Mexico take care of this task. Almost all the vanilla types marketed in the world are derived from this original vanilla.
The result is a vanilla that tastes as authentic as the Totomaques tasted it thousands of years ago. A powerful vanillin note in a bouquet of dark chocolate, molasses and nutmeg. When the vanilla is refined, it also develops notes of red berries.
This exceptional vanilla, which is called "Colibri", is recognizable among all by its oily and fleshy aspect. It is also generally longer lasting than bourbon or tahitensis type vanilla. It is offered to you now and without intermediaries, by a Totomaque family from Papantla, the family of
Rodolfo Arellano Castillo.
Here are Rodolfo, Susana and little Alexander Arellano Castillo in St-Hyacinthe.
Rodolfo and Suzana are both engineers who work and live in Quebec, in St-Hyacinthe. Rodolfo's entire family is originally from Papantla and still lives there. His father is an agronomist and developed his vanilla plantation over thirty years ago. His family is closely knit and keeps in close contact with Rodolfo, their son who now lives in Quebec. It is for the pleasure of keeping this close link with his family that he works to make Papantla vanilla known with Colibri Vanille. And even though he is an engineer, he has dreamed of taking over his father's business since he was very young.
Proud Totonaque of Papantla, he shares with us the history of vanilla as told by the elders, the history of his nation, and the culture it has engendered. Everywhere, in every historical, cultural and religious aspect, from ancient times to contemporary Papantla, vanilla still holds a special place in the life of every inhabitant of the region.
For those who also want to know more, isthe story of the commercialization of vanilla by the Totonaques in Mexico. A story that is rarely told in the vanilla industry of the world, dominated by the French and their colonies.