French vanilla ingredient

Vanilla is a popular ingredient, concept, & lifestyle. 

Its name is intended to represent unadventurous adult choices, & it's generally the sole leftover cupcake at a birthday party. 

Vanilla's reputation as a bland fallback is a shame, because it's astonishing how prevalent it is. 

Before vanilla ice cream was in every freezer, it was a rare item. 

National Geographic says the Totonacs of Mexico discovered the vanilla orchid in the 15th century. 

Totonacs believed the plant was born from the blood of a princess murdered for marrying a mortal (via Plant Scientist). 

Vanilla spread over Europe after the Aztecs defeated Totonac. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice because to the difficult hand-pollination process, reports NatGeo. 

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