Through rows of twirling tendrils and tangled vines grows a rare flower that blossoms only once a year for for one day only. A hermaphroditic flower with both male and female organs nestled deep in the throat of the bloom. Her name is Vanilla Planifolia—A delicate orchid that requires sensitive care and a nurtured harvest. On the day of her opening, a farmer must gently pollinate her and wait up to 9 months until her thick green base swells into the long seedpod we know as the vanilla bean. It’s then plucked from the vine and cured until that divine aroma of true raw vanilla finally reveals herself.