Main notes: Balsamic, liquorice, floral
Sensation: Extremely rare, it is like a diamond. Variety almost extinct
Aromatic: On the nose, it is a wild vanilla, which no other species can match. Balsamic and liquorice notes are intertwined with tobacco leaves. The whole is buttery and floral
Color: Black and very oily
Origin - Plantations : Basse-Terre - Guadeloupe
Packaging: One vanilla pod Pompona Schiede - Harvest 2018
"Reserved for lovers of rare vanilla"
"Split or unsplit vanilla"
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Availability date: 01/31/2020
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The cultivation of Planifolia Fragrans vanilla mainly developed in Guadeloupe and Martinique in the 1830s. In the 1920s, the Basse-Terre plantations produced 35 tonnes of vanilla for France.
Today, it is one 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 must be scarified on the surface by hand before maturing begins.
Vanilla is not "scalded" unlike the "Bourbon Technique", so it retains all its strength for exceptional enzymatic development. Natural crystallization due to vanillin saturation appears on some pods after several months of maturing in wooden crates protected from the light. Nowadays, in Guadeloupe, more and more producers prefer the "Bourbon Technique" because it allows faster processing of the crops. David Vanille supports a traditional refining technique.
It is by maintaining this "scratching" technique of Guadeloupe's producers that we will be able, in the long term, to revitalize the sector. The result is an authentic vanilla with a real aromatic identity, recognizable among hundreds
Its aroma has enchanted me. Pompona vanilla is only found in rare 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 earns it the nickname of Banana Vanilla in the West Indies or Vanillon. Its production is one of the most difficult and harvests are often poor. Pompona vanilla, traditionally, wants to be scarified as for the vanilla species Planifolia fragrans
Today, no delicatessen offers Pompona vanilla from Guadeloupe. At my level, I collect from my producers, about 500g maximum of Pompona vanilla per year. Since the last hurricanes Irma and Maria, plantations have been severely affected. My main producer of pompona vanilla told me about the huge task ahead of him to get his vanilla plantation back on its feet. Many vanilla trees were broken or fell to the ground with some trees.
This producer is a great man. He told me again this week on the phone that this will allow him to reorganize his plantation while laughing. The Caribbean force shines on him par excellence. This gentleness and ability to take things in perspective 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, by going back and forth on the beach. In the morning, my partner 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 join that of the Bourg de Sainte Anne where I took the time to drink a Sprite at Coco Nack before starting again for several hours. Guadeloupean customers called me and asked me why I didn't offer penny vanilla? I had been given some addresses and I quickly contacted producers in Basse-Terre. I discovered the two distinct species of Guadeloupe: planifolia vanilla and pompona schiede vanilla. Only a few producers had pompona in their plantations. Often they found her too capricious.
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 vanilla species Pompona was already present before the arrival of the settlers, in Amerindian times, when the island was still KARUKERA. My main producer warned me that next year he will have very few pods following the hurricanes. He also stressed that vanilla was "out of control" and that flowering was now occurring over several months of the year, making the task even more difficult.
To give you a better idea, in 2019, I collected only about ten vanilla of this great vintage from my Guadeloupian producers. It is for me a chance to offer you this treasure that only a few exclusive amateurs will have the privilege of having in their hands.
Anyone who discovers this exceptional vanilla can only be delighted by its quality and its extraordinary nose. For some, it will bring back childhood memories while for lovers of new aromatic notes, it will act as a revelation. Visually, it is majestic. Of a black colour, sometimes slightly reddish, it is broad 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 at full maturity, it provides an aromatic palette at its peak.
In a few points, here is why it is essential to discover it:
This vanilla has a DUO of 3 years.
Simply place your bag in a cool and dark place. To get the most out of its aromatic palette, take care to split your pod along its entire length, remove the seeds and integrate it into your recipe.
Only a few centimetres of Pompona vanilla, in long maceration, are enough to flavour a recipe!
Arnaud M. published the 23/07/2019 following an order made on 15/07/2019
Pas encore essayé, mais semble très aromatique
Dominique B. published the 03/07/2019 following an order made on 14/06/2019
Un produit magique, merciiiii =)
Olivia C. 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.
Dominique G. 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!
Sandra G. published the 25/11/2018 following an order made on 18/11/2018
Un produit d'excellente qualité
Yohann Q. 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 !
Claude Jean G. published the 19/05/2018 following an order made on 08/05/2018
Romain B. published the 27/02/2018 following an order made on 07/08/2017
Produit rare et magnifique. Merci DAVIDVANILLE
Jacqueline G. published the 24/02/2018 following an order made on 18/01/2018