About 150 euros for a kilo of vanilla - only saffron is more expensive.
Vanilla is a sought-after and expensive spice. But even as demand soars, poor harvests have put a dent in supply. That’s prompted Wageningen University in the Netherlands to experiment with growing natural vanilla in its greenhouses.
The island state of Madagascar off the east African coast produces 80% of the world's vanilla. But increasing prices have led to unforeseen consequences rather than increased wealth. Once considered the best in the world, quality has fallen as thefts from planations have soared
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