Omar’s farm is situated deep inside Unguja’s countryside and one needs to hike up to his farm since the terrain is too difficult to drive by car. His farm is located on the rolling hills of central Unguja, where hundreds of old mango trees can be found as well as plenty of coconut trees. Omar always wanted to grow vanilla but was never able to afford to buy vanilla plants due to their price. One day whilst wandering amongst some old ruins in the forest, he came across a wild vanilla plant. He decided to take a cutting with him, and now he has over 100 vanilla plants derived from this 1 cutting. Unlike most commercial vanilla farms, his vanilla plants are mainly grown on his mango trees and he noticed they grow much better than on other trees. We can attest that his vanilla plants are the most impressive we have ever seen!
We were lucky to be able to purchase his first crop ever and we would love to support Omar and his family over the years. They learned how to process their vanilla by watching youtube videos and are still honing their skills. His son Saeed pollinates every single vanilla flower by hand. Buying these vanilla beans will support this family and allow them to continue to perfect their vanilla. We truly believe that in the near future his vanilla will be world class!
In these grade A vanilla pods you can find notes of cacao, praliné and rum.