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Extremely rare, it is like a diamond. Almost extinct variety. On the nose, it is a wild vanilla, which no other species can match. Notes of balsamic and liquorice mingle with those of tobacco leaves. The whole is buttery and floral. This vanilla is sold in dry split and unsplit grades
Main Notes: Balsamic, licorice, floral.
Heart notes : Spicy, vanilla.
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
Its aroma captivated me. 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 the harvests are often mediocre. Traditionally, Pompona vanilla has been scarified like 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 on the phone just this week that this will allow him to rearrange his plantation, laughing. The West Indian strength shines through in 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 partner. I started selling vanilla, as I did when I was 18, 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 following the cyclones. He also insisted on the fact that the vanillas were "deregulated" and that we were now observing flowering 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 be a revelation. Visually, it is majestic. Black in colour, sometimes slightly reddish, it is wide and thick. Some growers 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.
Here are a few reasons why you should absolutely discover it:
Simply place your bag in a cool place and away from light. To make the most of its full range of flavours, take care to split your pod along its entire length, remove the seeds and incorporate the whole into your recipe.
Only a few centimetres of Pompona vanilla, in long maceration, are enough to perfume a recipe!
Based on 14 customer reviews
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
published the 04/10/2018
following an order made on 20/09/2018
Très bon/beau produit, notes aromatiques vraiment particulières et différentes d'une Tahitensis ou d'une planifolia. Je recommande !
published the 19/05/2018
following an order made on 08/05/2018
published the 27/02/2018
following an order made on 07/08/2017
Produit rare et magnifique. Merci DAVIDVANILLE