I made this story yesterday about vanilla. Must say that the smell that comes out of a vanilla bean is amazing. And the black pulp is so full of flavor. My favorite is to make a vanilla syrup.
Bring 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 1 vanilla bean and a star anis to the boil and let it simmer 10 minutes. Cool and you have a wonderful fragrant sirup you can use in drinks, desserts or a little dash behind your ears.

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Photography by Colin Cooke

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