Out in the vanillery, we’re starting to see the fresh flower buds emerging on the mature vines. Always an exciting time of the year as we anticipate the beginning of a new cycle. These little guys will be sprouting flowers in a couple of weeks!
The ripe beans are coming in more and more as we harvest the vanilla pods out of vanillery. This is a process that takes over 3 months as each bean is individually picked as they become ripe, and the ripening season extends for as long as the previous flowering season. Last year, we were pollinating from April through June, so it’s been 9 months since the first flowers were pollinated…so right on schedule.