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Extremely rare (about 50-70 pods per year with our producer), it is like a diamond. Variety almost disappeared. To the nose, it is a wild vanilla, that no other species can match. Notes of balsamic and licorice intermingle with those of tobacco leaves. The whole is buttered and floral. This vanilla is sold in black ebony quality, known as "Vanilla Banana" or "Grand Vanillon". Size +8cm, vanilla completely split or not.
Main Notes : Balsamic, licorice, floral.
Heart notes : Spicy, vanilla.
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The cultivation of vanilla Planifolia Fragrans mainly developed in Guadeloupe and Martinique in the 1830s. In the 1920s, the plantations of Basse-Terre produced 35 tons of vanilla for France.
Today, it is part of the sectors set aside for the benefit of the Banana and Sugar Cane industry. I collect about 7 to 10 kilos per year of scarified vanilla from Guadeloupe - Planifolia species. The scarification technique takes a considerable amount of time for the producer. Each pod has to be scarified by hand on the surface before refining.
The vanilla is not "scalded" contrary to the "Bourbon Technique", it thus keeps all its strength for an exceptional enzymatic development. The natural crystallization due to a saturation of vanillin, appears on certain pods after several months of maturing in wooden boxes sheltered from the light. Nowadays, in Guadeloupe, more and more producers prefer the "Bourbon Technique" because it allows a faster treatment of the harvests. David Vanille supports a traditional refining technique.
It is by preserving this technique of "griffage" of the Guadeloupean producers that we will be able, in the long run, to revitalize the sector. The result is an authentic vanilla with a real aromatic identity, recognizable among hundreds.
I was captivated by its aroma. Pompona vanilla is only found in a few plantations in the Basse-Terre region where it has practically disappeared. It was not exported from Guadeloupe during the vanilla years of the early 20th century. Its banana shape earned it the nickname of vanilla Banana in the West Indies or Vanillon. Its production is one of the most difficult and harvests are often poor. The Pompona vanilla, traditionally, wants to be scarified as for the Planifolia fragrans vanilla species.
Today, no delicatessen offers Pompona vanilla from Guadeloupe. At my level, I collect from my producers, about 300g maximum of Pompona vanilla per year. Since the last hurricanes Irma and Maria, the plantations have been very affected. My main producer of pompona vanilla told me about the huge task he has to face in order to get his vanilla plantation back on its feet. Many of the vanilla trees were broken or fell to the ground with some of the trees.
This farmer is a wonderful man. He was telling me just this week on the phone that this will allow him to rearrange his plantation, laughing. The West Indian strength radiates from him par excellence. This gentleness and this ability to take things with a lot of distance and philosophy.
In 2011, I arrived in Guadeloupe to follow my girlfriend. I started selling vanilla, as I did when I was 18 years old, in Lille during my studies; going back and forth on the beach. In the morning, my girlfriend would drop me off at Club Med where I would start my day with my backpack and a coconut leaf tray.
Then I went along the beach to reach the beach of Bourg de Sainte Anne where I took the time to drink a Sprite at Coco Nack before starting again during several hours. Some Guadeloupean customers asked me why I didn't offer Peyi vanilla? I had been given a few addresses and I quickly got in touch with producers in Basse-Terre. I discovered the two distinct species of Guadeloupe: vanilla planifolia and vanilla pompona schiede. Only a few producers had pompona in their plantations. Often they found it too temperamental.
Indeed, this species is very difficult to harvest because too often, it splits before its full maturity (8 to 9 months). The pods are then less appreciated and are only used to make vanilla extracts locally. It is assumed that the Pompona vanilla species was already present before the arrival of the colonists, during the Amerindian era, when the island was still KARUKERA. My main producer warned me that next year he will have very few pods due to the cyclones. He also insisted that the vanillas were "out of whack" and that they were now blooming over several months of the year, making the task even more difficult.
To give you a better idea, in 2015, I collected only about ten vanillas of this great vintage from my Guadeloupean producers. It is for me a chance to offer you this treasure that only a few exclusive amateurs will have the privilege to have in their hands.
Whoever discovers this exceptional vanilla can only be delighted by its quality and its unusual nose. For some, it will bring back childhood memories, while for those who love new aromatic notes, it will act as a revelation. Visually, it is majestic. Black in color, sometimes slightly reddish, it is wide and thick. Some producers like to compare its shape to that of a banana, it impresses by its difference.
Often split because it is harvested when fully ripe, it ensures an aromatic palette at its peak.
In a few points, here is why it is absolutely necessary to discover it:
Simply place your bag in a cool place, away from light. To take full advantage of its aromatic palette, split your pod along its entire length, remove the seeds and incorporate the whole into your recipe.
Only a few centimeters of Pompona vanilla, in long maceration, are enough to perfume a recipe!
Based on 17 customer reviews
published the 13/08/2023
following an order made on 24/07/2023
Magique majestueuse gousse à faire connaître !!
published the 26/01/2022
following an order made on 29/12/2021
Je travaille pour la maison Méert à Lille dont la spécialité est la gauffre fourrée à la vanille de Madagascar. Je cherchais une gousse vanille alternative pour produire une gaufre encore plus haut de gamme. J'ai donc voulu tester la vanille Pompona. Quelle ne fut pas ma surprise de recevoir une gousse toute petite et desséchée! Pas du tout conforme aux photos et aux renseignements que j'ai pu obtenir sur ce produit qui n'avait d'exceptionnel que le prix. Très très déçu!
Comment from David Vanille the 26/01/2022
Si vous aviez pris le temps de contacter notre service client, nous aurions pu répondre à votre demande. Si vous avez lu notre titre : "Vanille Pompona Schiede Sèche" et la fiche descriptive, vous auriez compris l'affinage de cette gousse. Quand nous travaillons avec des grandes maisons, chefs et palaces sur des projets R & D, nous avons forcément un appel, surtout si c'est pour la plus grosse vente de cette maison.
Cette vanille est extrêmement rare, nous en avons encore quelques unités uniquement.
Comment faire des milliers de gaufres sans une base de plusieurs centaines kg de vanille par an ou extrait ?
Depuis 11 ans dans la filière et en collaboration avec de grands noms, c'est une première pour nous.
published the 21/01/2022
following an order made on 04/01/2022
pas encore utilisé mais un parfum fort agréable
published the 16/06/2021
following an order made on 06/06/2021
Gousse de qualité
published the 09/06/2021
following an order made on 02/06/2021
Gousses incroyables ! Je n'avais jamais vu de gousses aussi charnues
published the 23/07/2019
following an order made on 15/07/2019
Pas encore essayé, mais semble très aromatique
published the 03/07/2019
following an order made on 14/06/2019
Un produit magique, merciiiii =)
published the 03/06/2019
following an order made on 03/05/2019
Le saint Graal de la vanille! J'ai utilisé un tout petit bou pour découvrir et le résultat est là. Une puissance dans ces arômes qui fait qu'il n'est pas utile de tout mettre selon ce qu'on fait avec. Je suis conquise par la qualité noble de cette vanille.
published the 13/05/2019
following an order made on 07/05/2019
chères évidemment, mais jamais je n'avais vu de gousses si belles!
published the 25/11/2018
following an order made on 18/11/2018
Un produit d'excellente qualité