The Tahitian Story
Terroir vanilla bean :
For the past hundred years, almost all of the thousand Polynesian Vanilla growers
have no longer prepared their own vanillas (drying);
they pick them and sell them to the few preparers active in the territory.
The result is that each preparer obtains vanilla from at least one hundred planters
spread out over the entire archipelago. All of the vanilla from the various plantations
and islands are thus mixed together and prepared at the same time.
Once the notion of terroir was abandoned,
the vanillas were no longer distinguishable.